Opera Minima performs professional opera in unexpected places which have included churches, schools, a town hall, a ballroom, a castle and an old corset factory; and sometimes a small theatre. OM is based in the village of Great Easton, across the Welland Valley from Dingley, and most performances take place in the East Midlands, but they have also included a huge garden in Hampshire, a town hall in Wiltshire and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church in Central London.
The productions are costumed and semi-staged without scenery, making use of the various different attributes of each venue, and are directed from the piano by the Music Director – renowned pianist, accompanist and repetiteur Nicholas Bosworth. Recent comments include “Nicholas Bosworth’s superb piano accompaniment deftly [evoked] the sumptuousness of the orchestral score” from a London critic and “what a fine operatic pianist: it was clear from the opening bars that we were in for a treat” - from a Fidelio audience member.
For Magic Flute, in addition to piano there will be a small band with flute, panpipes and an exciting array of sound effects using the latest 21st century technology. In an imaginative adaptation for small venues, Opera Minima’s production of The Magic Flute will be sung in English translation with a new spoken dialogue written by the Director, Susan Moore. Susan was responsible for the sell-out run of Trial by Jury and Divas in Oakham Castle in November 2011. Designer is Artistic Director Gillian Leftwich who has devised all Opera Minima performances since 2000.
Opera Minima does not operate as a company whereby an existing group of singers is shoe-horned into whatever opera is chosen. They invite singers to audition for each major production and attract artists from Australia, North America and all over Europe as well as the UK. The Magic Flute cast of ten singers take seventeen roles between them and were chosen from the 200 singers who applied for audition.
Mozart The Magic Flute
Queen of Night Luci Briginshaw
Sarastro Stephen Holloway
Pamina Donna Bateman
Tamino Joe Morgan
Three Ladies Catrine Kirkman, Sarah Champion and Helen Evora
Monostatos Patrick Ashcroft
Papagena Natalie Montakhab
Papageno Matthew Kellett
Artistic Director Gillian Leftwich
Music Director Nicholas Bosworth
Stage Director Susan Moore
Music at Dingley was founded in 1985 as a summer school for young musicians but has now evolved into an annual programme of concerts and recitals by professional musicians, providing classical music of the highest professional standard in the setting of Dingley Hall, overlooking the beautiful Welland Valley. Concerts are organised by a committee of volunteers and are held throughout the year in Dingley’s Norman church, which boasts particularly good acoustics. In its unrivalled setting Music at Dingley occupies a unique position in the musical life of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.