Opera Factory Brings Comedy, Scandal & Tragedy to Fringe
12 February 2018
Opera Factory Brings Comedy, Scandal & Tragedy to Auckland Fringe Festival
Opera Factory will present a selection of comedic, scandalous and tragic short scenes from a variety of well-loved opera stories at the Auckland Fringe Festival on Saturday, 24 February.
Performed by some of the best young singers in Auckland, the event, ‘Opera Bites’ offers a unique opportunity for those new to opera and opera lovers alike to enjoy snippets from a wide repertoire including Nicolai’s mischievous, Ladies Trio from Merry Wives of Windsor in which a gossiping trio of ladies plot against the dirty, rotten scoundrel, Falstaff.
The show features dramatic pieces relating to crises of freedom including Menotti’s, Death’s Frontiers are Open from The Consul, which depicts the struggles of those trapped within an unidentified totalitarian country, desperate to escape and find a better life.
Artistic Director Sally Sloman says everyone at Opera Factory is excited to participate in the Fringe Festival for the first time since 2011, when we won the Best Production in the Music category award for performing the dark and gloomy Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten.
“‘Opera Bites’ has been deliberately designed like a chocolate box selection, offering those new to opera a unique, affordable and accessible opportunity to get a taste of the assorted range within the theatrical world,” says Slowman.
“The fully costumed performance includes some wonderful, light-hearted and hilarious pieces to both delight and surprise the audience.”
Featured singers include the accomplished Anna Mahon, June Dams, Leila Alexander, Angus Simmons, Michael Potts and Emma Sloman.
‘Opera Bites’ offers a unique opportunity for everyone to get a slice of opera. Join us in celebrating the historical art form on 24 February at the Raye Freedom Arts Centre in Epsom at 4pm or 8 pm. Book your tickets today on iticket.co.nz and best be quick as limited seats are available.