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Boost for opera in Liverpool as leading companies join forces

September 9, 2018

Some of the UK’s leading opera organisations have joined forces with the RLPO and Liverpool venues to create a year-round programme of the "powerful artform" aimed at boosting audiences in the city.

The announcement was made as representatives from Glyndebourne, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera North attended a special public screening of The Marriage of Figaro at the Philharmonic Hall.

The screening is part of a new partnership between the Phil and Glyndebourne which started earlier this year.

And the region’s opera fans will be able to see live performances by stars of the world-famous East Sussex opera house when it tours to Liverpool in November 2019, bringing three productions – Rigoletto, Handel’s Rinaldo and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amour to the Empire Theatre.

Glyndebourne was a regular visitor to the city in the 1950s, staging productions at the Royal Court.

Speaking about the new joint initiative, Glyndebourne's director of communications George Bruell said: “This is the start of something we’re very excited about, opera companies and the orchestra and venues in this region working together to stage a year-round programme of opera in Liverpool.

“Opera is a powerful artform and it’s important to take that out to new audiences.”

Meanwhile Welsh National Opera makes its annual visit to the Empire this autumn, performing La Traviata on November 7 and 9, and Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Cinderella - pictured above) on November 8.

And Opera North brings a concert staging of Aida to the Philharmonic Hall on May 24 next year.

Further screenings of Glyndebourne productions take place at Picturehouse at FACT - Der Rosenkavalier on November 5 (one of a number of operas screened at the Wood Street venue from various companies and opera houses), and Madama Butterfly at the Philharmonic Hall on January 12.

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