The story of Pavarotti

Arts and Lits Princes theatre, Clacton-on-sea 14/1/2013

The start of the second half of the 2012-13 season was (for me, anyway) and evidently many others who braved the cold evening and ignored the snow reports – absolutely fantastic!

This tribute to the great and much missed Luciana Pavarotti took us on a journey from his youth, to his sad demise, charting the successes (and some of his failures!) of the `great man` (not only in voice, but stature too!!) over this long period of time.

I fairly purred when they sang `my tiny hand is frozen`-it was pure magic-we are so lucky to have such talented artistes visiting us and for such a reasonable ticket price this amount would easily been eclipsed by just `interval drinks` in a West End theatre and the standard was as good as anything I have ever enjoyed there!

The music, truly reflective of that the immortal tenor sang, included some he made `his own`(Nessun Dorma, to name one)- Owen`s thoughtful `links` were clear, concise and informative with a little hint of polite humour.

`Select English theatre at it’s very best`, lives on, here on Monday evenings presentations of entertaining and educational programmes.

The vocalists (baritone Owen Webb, tenor Robyn Lyn Evans soprano Naomi Harvey and tenor Lloyd Holtman) were of the very highest calibre, very ably and sympathetically accompanied from the piano by Sharon Richards.

This really was my type of night-I think we, of a slightly older generation, appreciate positive presentation-here, immaculate in every area-yet another great triumph for the `Arts and Lits

Painted lady(Miss Jennifer Kersey)

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  1. The second half of the season opened with a splendid evening of opera and other Italian music. Singers Naomi Harvey, Robyn Lyn Evans, Philip Lloyd Holtam and Owen Webb presented the Story of Pavarotti, who was one of the most successful and best-loved tenors of all time.

    The story was narrated by Owen Webb, baritone and the music was illustrated by him, the soprano and two tenors and accompanied by the brilliant pianist, Sharon Richards. The music covered his most famous roles and included arias, duets etc from La Boheme, Rigoletto and Tosca.

    There was also a selection of famous Neopolitan songs as portrayed by the Three Tenors. It was a very exciting evening of grand opera with a few lighter touches, which included Panis Angelicus, and concluded with a rousing rendition of Nessum Dorma by all four singers.

    The evening was sponsored by Mary Canham, a member of the Society.

    Audrey Owens
    Press Officer

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