THE GARDENS of The Old Hall, Lowdham, will ring to the sounds of opera again in July with the return of the Garden Opera Company. In a departure from convention, the company will perform first Mozart’s little-performed one-act comedy Impresario, followed by Pagalicci, Leoncavallo’s tragedy set in a touring company of clowns. Any similarity with the actual players in the Garden Opera Company is purely coincidental.
The performances, to be held on Saturday 2 July 2011, are a complement to one another and an example of the creative and unusual output of the company. The Opera in the Garden event is staged by the Doverbeck Trust in aid of the homelessness charity Framework, which helps homeless and vulnerable people in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire by providing housing, support, and training services.
All income from the event, for which tickets are £35 and platinum tickets £70, goes to the Doverbeck Trust, a registered charity. The platinum ticket includes a reserved seat in the garden, champagne on arrival and champagne and canapes during the interval, and a chair to take home at the end of the performance. Regular ticket holders may bring their own chairs or blankets. Many opera goers also bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds of the Old Hall.
The gardens are open from 5.00pm, with the performance beginning at 7.30pm and ending at about 10.30pm. Catering and car parking are available. Further details and bookings can be made on the Doverbeck Trust website.