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Magical opera set in 1970s Stroud


Celebrating 75 Years of Stroud Arts Festival: The Hewlett’s Opera will visit Stroud Sub Rooms on December 11th for two performances of The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s cherished opera, a classical masterpiece that has been loved by audiences worldwide since its first performance in Vienna in 1786. 

Set in a fine country house somewhere near Stroud, Figaro and his lovely girlfriend Susanna are trying to plan a simple wedding. When your employer is none other than a lecherous count blatantly trying to get Susanna into bed before her wedding night things are anything but simple. Will the count get his wicked way with Susanna?  The Hewletts Opera bring Mozart’s cherished comic opera into a 1970s setting. A full performance, sung in English, with a live accompaniment.

The Relaxed Performance at 2pm is open to everyone but especially for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions, learning difficulties or have other needs that make it difficult for them to access live music. This is for those who wish to engage with live music in a less formal environment and enjoy the experience in their own way, with families and carers. 

Christopher Morley, writing in Opera Magazine, said: After glowing five-star reviews, Hewletts Opera presents Mozart’s best-loved comic opera in a funky new interpretation taking us by the shirt-cuffs to the dancefloor of the 1970s disco era! This pop-up young opera company founded by composer and conductor Louis Mander and opera director and Mezzo-Soprano Maria Jagusz, showcases young operatic talent, performing with ‘verve, attention to detail and clarity of Italian diction’.

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