October 13th 2014 – We open our season with “A NIGHT AT THE OPERA” performed by the LONDON FESTIVAL OPERA. A highlighted performance of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’, in traditional costume, followed after the interval by a selection of popular arias and ensembles from the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach and Gilbert and Sullivan.
THE SQN. LDR. HARTLEY EVENING.
Clacton Arts & Literary Society’s new season began with the international cast of London Festival Opera. The Society’s members were treated to some of the most popular arias and ensembles in the whole operatic repertoire from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ including the celebrated ‘Habanera’.
The performance was introduced by the baritone and Artistic Director of London Festival Opera, Philip Blake-Jones. Yvonne Fontane sung the lead role of Carmen and
the cast were accompanied by Jenny Trew Pianist and Emma Williams Flautist.
During the second half of the evening the members were entertained by a selection of well known pieces from the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Offenbach and Gilbert and Sullivan. London Festival Opera is one of the worlds leading independent opera companies and presented opera of the highest artistic standard to make the Society’s first evening a great success.
London Festival Opera is directed by a professional opera singer. Following a successful solo career with major British opera companies the baritone Philip Blake-Jones founded the company in 1989 to create performances of the highest artistic standards for corporate, wedding, birthdays, charity and private events and dinners and parties.
Performing throughout the UK recent appearances have been at St James’s Palace, the Goldsmiths’ Hall, Claridge’s, Billingsgate Market, Weston Park, Brocket Hall and Buxton Opera House. Recent international performances have taken us to Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, Africa, Hong Kong, India and Barbados.
London Festival Opera’s commitment to excellence has led to many impressive engagements ranging from a performance at Blenheim Palace attended by Baroness Thatcher to a private party in London for the Spice Girls!