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New ventures in opera at All Hallows’ and St James’s

17 January, 2019 — By Sebastian Taylor

Nadine Benjamin as Musetta in ENO’s La Bohème. She will be singing Tosca at St James’s Piccadilly Friday evening (January 18). Photo: Robert Workman

OPERA-ON-THE-MOVE is putting on a Gala Concert at All Hallows’ Gospel Oak on January 18 (7pm, free) by way of launching its programme of taking opera to places where operas are not normally performed. That includes galleries, schools and other unusual venues – starting with opera-concerts in Camden. “We believe that by taking opera out of its traditional and comfortable surroundings, we can bring it to a new audience who might never haven been to an opera before,” say organisers of the new venture.
The first opera to be staged in the spring is Peter Brook’s adaptation of Pelleas et Melisande.

• ­SOPRANO Nadine Benjamin is putting on an semi-staging of Puccini’s Tosca at St James’s Piccadilly this Friday evening (January 18, 7pm, £15/£12, https://tosca.brownpapertickets.com). She’ll be singing the title role in what should be a terrific performance. Currently, she’s winning praises all-round for her performance as Musetta in English National Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème. The production at St James’s is being staged by her Everybody Can! Opera enterprise.

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