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Opera stars shine for charity
Wednesday 18th December 2013 @ 16:57 by Lisa B


Professional opera singers who have performed with some of Britain’s leading companies are visiting Glossop to raise money for a local charity.

Cash from ‘Glossopera’ will go to Mummy’s Star – a charity  which supports families facing cancer in pregnancy and beyond.

The Hadfield-based charity was founded in June by Pete Wallroth in memory of his wife, Mair, 41, who died from breast cancer just two months after the birth of their second child.

Trustees and supporters from Mummy’s Star will be at every performance to chat and provide mulled wine, mince pies and festive treats.

Glossopera was set up earlier this year by Glossop-based professional opera singer and singing teacher Claire Surman, with a view to bringing quality operatic music and performing opportunities to Glossop and the surrounding area.

Claire could not think of a better launching pad than staging three performances of ‘A Christmas Opera Gala’ in Glossop’s Partington Theatre and giving Mummy’s Star the proceeds.

Claire, who will appear alongside five leading operatic stars, said: “They have all appeared with national opera companies, including the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and English National Opera.

“They will be accompanied on the piano by Benjamin Powell.

“The concerts will include famous operatic highlights such as Nessun Dorma, O Mio Babbino Caro and The Pearl Fishers duet, together with some wonderfully Christmassy numbers to get everyone in the festive spirit.”

Taking part with Claire are Catriona Clark  Charlotte Stephenson, Alexander Anderson-Hall, Mark Saberton and Richard Strivens.

Performances are on Friday, December  20,  at 7.30pm  and  2.30pm and 7.30pm on the Saturday.

Tickets are on sale at Bay Tree Books, The Soup Seller, Partington Theatre, and Claire on 07714 410637.

Tickets cost £12 (£8 concessions) in advance, or £14/£9 on the door.

Claire’s ambition is to put Glossopdale firmly on the operatic map.

Asked about future plans for Glossopera, she said: “They include some one-off concerts and an annual professional operatic production for Glossop, featuring an amateur chorus of local residents.”

by David Jones