Opera in Wykeham

From left, Andrew Tinkler, Deborah Davison, Simon Haynes, Claire Mitcher and Ben Kerslake at last year's show. This year Ben will be replaced by Andrew Rees.'Photo by Gilly Collinson
From left, Andrew Tinkler, Deborah Davison, Simon Haynes, Claire Mitcher and Ben Kerslake at last year's show. This year Ben will be replaced by Andrew Rees.'Photo by Gilly Collinson

OPERA fans can enjoy a light-hearted cultural treat when singers from English National Opera visit Wykeham on Saturday, at 7pm.

For the third year, ENO soloists will perform at St Helen and All Saints Church, next to the Downe Arms.

Mezzo-soprano Deborah Davison, soprano Claire Mitcher, tenor Andrew Rees, bass Andrew Tinkler and pianist Simon Haynes will present Concise Carmen, followed by arias and songs from other operas and more modern composers.

“In addition to the popularity of the songs, the witty narration by Deborah Davison, who also acts as compère, is sure to keep everyone entertained”, says churchwarden Robert Sword. “The previous concerts, enhanced by the charming church setting, were enormously popular and sold out on each occasion.

“These operatic evenings have become a regular annual event, and it’s a privilege to hear these talented professionals in such an intimate setting. It may not by Glyndebourne, but with a capacity limited to 150, one could argue that it’s even more exclusive. The church is renowned for its excellent acoustics”.