OPERA in Oborne returned with sell-out performances of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in St Cuthbert’s Church in the picturesque little village near Sherborne.
There were enthusiastic audiences for the Mozart on the Friday and Saturday, with a cast of young professional singers from Latvia, the US, France and the UK. On the Sunday the singers delighted the full church with a programme of popular arias and show songs.
There was a warm welcome for Susanna Stranders, head of music at Garsington Opera who was the accompanist and musical director for the weekend.
Opera at Oborne, with its picturesque setting and the nearby country house hotel, The Grange, offering great food and comfortable accommodation, is quickly becoming a must-see in the local musical calendar. All three nights sold out and raised a considerable sum for the church.
Sir Robert Corbett, founder of Opera in Oborne, said: “I find it hard to believe that Opera in Oborne is now in its fifth year. Our brilliant performers seem to us in the village to be more like family than the international stars they are. We love having them here with us and so, to judge by their reaction, do our audiences who fill Saint Cuthbert’s to bursting! Long may it last.”