Issue 1: January 2022
Welcome to the very first Friends newsletter! A huge thank you to each and every one of you for choosing to support Opera on Location in this way. We are thrilled to have such a network of Friends and we hope you enjoy the modest perks the scheme provides.
Currently, we are busy preparing for a production later this year (more on that below) as well as programming our 10th anniversary. We haven’t mentioned this before now, but we are aiming for a year of increased activity that celebrates how far we’ve come as an organisation and all that we have achieved over the last decade.
We will share more about our plans for 2023 with you as they confirm, we very much hope you’ll enjoy a year with much more Opera on Location in your life!
Gareth Lloyd and Kathryn Gasic
For your diary...
In 1884 Debussy first wrote L’enfant prodigue and with 22 of the 28 votes available he won the prestigious Prix de Rome. In 1908 Debussy re-orchestrated the piece and under the baton of Sir Henry Wood the piece received its world premiere in Sheffield as part of the Sheffield Music Festival.
For today's performances Opera on Location have commissioned a new orchestration for a ten-piece ensemble by George Morton along with an English libretto by director and librettist Ashley Pearson, to replace the original libretto by Édouard Guinand.
Opera on Location is a small organisation with big ambitions. During these unprecedented times we are relying heavily on the support of our audience. Whether you are able to support us by making a donation or by joining our volunteer scheme, it will help us to make more work and spread the joy of opera to more people, for which we are hugely grateful.