Blackheath Halls Community Opera

It must be time for Sarah’s amdrams

This year Blackheath Halls Opera (as we are known) will be presenting a fully-staged version of Orpheus & Eurydice, by Christoph Willibald Gluck.

Originally written in 1762, the opera retells the classic Greek myth of Orpheus descending into the underworld in search of his wife, who was killed on their wedding day. 

Musically the opera is a bit like Mozart crossed with Handel, and there are some beautiful, heavenly tunes. And we always sing in English

Blackheath Halls Community Opera is a hugely popular annual event, sponsored by Trinity College of Music, Greenwich and Lewisham Council, Arts for All and the Arts Council. It brings local schoolchildren and members of various communities in south London together with the (mosty amateur) Blackheath Halls orchestra and a team of professional opera singers, ENO directors and stage professionals. Our first opera, Carmen, saw the  Victorian concert hall turned into a Spanish bullring; the second opera, La Boheme, was set in 1960s Paris, and I had to wear the vilest yellow fishnets you ever saw.

This year, I’m in black, black and more black, waving a skull mask around in the spooky Hell scenes, changing into a heavenly spirit and doing lots and lots of close harmony singing.

If you would like see me make a total arse of myself while singing and waving skull masks around, tickets cost £15 (£12 conc), and are available from http://www.blackheathhalls.com/events.php. The performances are

Tue 14 July: 7pm Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ

Thur 15 July: 7pm Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ

Fri 16 July: 7pm Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ

Sun 19 July: 3pm Blackheath Halls, 23 Lee Road, London SE3 9RQ

There is a bar, and Blackheath is full of nice places to eat and drink in afterwards. Hope to see you there…

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