Heber Opera returns to Uckfield on May 29 bringing with them a new production and a new director.
The Pearl Fishers will be performed ‘in the round’, by a cast of four principals with 20 in the chorus, at Uckfield Civic Centre at 6pm. They will sing in English.
The new director is Dorothy Withers who has been a soloist with Heber Opera from the start and is now teamed with husband Michael who is musical director. The aim is to provide singing of the highest quality combined with drama.
Dorothy said: “Changing from acting to directing is a steep learning curve but I’m loving every minute.”
The Pearl Fishers, being in the round, will fully deliver “Opera that is close enough to touch” – a unique experience in Sussex, according to Heber.
Georges Bizet’s opera is famous for the Sacred Temple duet – Au Fond Du Temple Saint – and is set around the dangerous occupation of pearl diving in the Far East.
Bizet’s melodies underpin a plot which revolves around a love triangle of forbidden passion and betrayal. Religious superstition and self-sacrifice ultimately bring about fatal consequences.
Heber Opera will also be performing The Pearl Fisher at King Edward Hall, Lindfield, on May 21; Hurstpierpoint Village Hall on May 22, and St George’s Kemptown on May 26.
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