A Night at the Opera

which joins us in the evening of Saturday 14th June for a candle-lit evening of Opera in the grounds of West Woodhay House, as part of our Festival.

This event promises something for everyone – whether for the lifelong opera lover or the newcomer to opera this programme will containg a wonderful variety of inspiring music, provided by singers from English National Opera, Covent Garden and international opera houses, with accompaniment from International Conducter Jeremy  Silver and the Southern Sinfonia chamber ensemble.

Opera Brava is a  professional opera company specialising in touring opera, corporate events, and education work. Now in its 23rd year, the company presents a packed programme of classic productions at  beautiful locations every year – for the company’s own website please cli. It has an extensive repertoire as our programme for the evening shows:

Part One

Brindisi La Traviata – Verdi
A fors’e lui… Sempre libera La Traviata – Verdi
Au fond du temple saint Pearl Fishers – Bizet
Questo amor, vergogna mia Edgar – Puccini
Theme tune ‘Schindlers list’ John Williams
Soave sia il vento Cosi fan tutte – Mozart
Kuda, Kuda Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky
Sous le dôme épais Lakmé – Delibes
Bella figlia dell’amore Rigoletto – Verdi

Part two – Medley

Something’s Coming America West Side Story – Bernstein
Maria West Side Story – Bernstein
Somewhere Tonight West Side Story – Bernstein
Some enchanted evening South Pacific – Rogers & Hammerstein
To keep my love alive A Connecticut Yankee – Rogers & Hart
Nella Fantasia The Mission – Morricone
Art is calling for me The Enchantress – Herbert
Stranger in Paradise Kismet – Wright & Forrest

Medley – Gilbert & Sullivan

Hail poetry Pirates of Penzance So please you, Sir, we much regret The Mikado
When the buds are blossoming Madrigal O shameless one tremble lolanthe
O I am a pirate King Pirates of Penzance Here’s a how-de-do The Mikado
Away, nor prosecute your quest The Mikado Take a pair of sparkling eyes The Gondoliers
Society has quite forsaken all her wicked courses Utopia Ltd Poor wandering one Pirates of Penzance
For he’s the captain of the Pinafore HMS Pinafore For he loves little buttercup HMS Pinafore
I’m the monarch of the sea HMS Pinafore For he is an Englishman HMS Pinafore


Soprano Amanda Buckland Mezzo Soprano Lise Christensen
Tenor Daniel Meades Baritone Francis Church

Southern Sinfonia Ensemble

Violin Julia Burket Milone Cello Steve Collisson
Flute/Piccolo Katey Thomas
Clarinet Neyire  Ashworth