INTERNET TROLLS INVADE NEW OPERA
Mischief and mayhem abound in traditional opera and Sheffield City Opera’s new production is no different. Except that here in a new twist, the mischief-makers are internet trolls. Their weapon of choice: the mobile phone.
The opera’s light-hearted title ‘LA DONNA È MOBILE OR DONNA AND HER MOBILE’ reflects the comedy of errors that fills the piece. However the opera has its darker side too: ‘Online bullying can ruin people’s lives’, says SCO Director Matthew Palfreyman.
The lovers in this opera are almost destroyed by malicious postings and thoughtless sharings on social media. It’s a problem for our times powerfully explored here through the energy of opera.
Taking their cue from some of the major opera houses, SCO set out here to create something ground-breaking and new. Under the guidance of Musical Director, Robert Webb, whose initial concept comes to life in this production, SCO created an original story, then took traditional operatic arias and choruses and breathed new life into them. Some are well-known and loved, others rare treasures. Expect muscular music by Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Donizetti, Mascagni, Mozart and others. The opera is sung in English with the traditional libretto re-worked in a contemporary idiom. Favourite arias spark in startling new ways – it is a truly innovative production, and suitable for opera lovers, and those who have never seen opera before. “We wanted to dispel the myth that opera is elitist” says Musical Director, Robert Webb, “and this show is suitable for everyone, be they opera buffs, or, until now, have never ventured to see one.”
It is a traditional tale of heroes, villains and thwarted love, but with some innovative staging. The real star of the show is the mobile phone – the source of so much grief to the main characters – with live postings shared with the audience via a suspended screen.
The action mainly takes place in Des’s Bar, not a million miles from Sheffield’s West Street. A sparkling cast of characters includes party-goers and a group of mobile-toting women – edgy sisters bent on bother. It’s the hottest show in town.
Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd November at 7.30pm,
Saturday 4th November at 2.00pm
High Storrs School, High Storrs Rd. S11 7LH
Tickets: £15 or £5 (Students / Under 16s)
Ticketline: 0114 223 3777
Enter the kaleidoscopic world of classical music, Sheffield style.
We’re back with another three days of musical discovery – this year with an even more delightfully diverse set of bitesize concerts, all laid out on a platter for you to sample.
Wind your way around our musical city on a tuneful treasure trail through our best venues and beautiful buildings. Discover incredible talent from across the region, music from around the world and some very special guests.
With formal and informal concerts, pop-up performances and interactive shows, families, beginners and long-time music lovers can all make beautiful memories and brand-new connections. Indulge in the incomparable, indefinable experience of live music and find something that stays with you forever.
Here’s a new concept (I think): the audience at a choral concert chooses the programme. Intrigued?
Sheffield Chamber Choir is trying this out in Edale on Sunday 3rd July at 3pm. Now, the audience won’t be able to suggest any old thing for us to sing – we are providing a menu, neatly divided into courses, and they will choose several items from each course to provide a balanced meal.
There is an “amuse bouche” selected by the choir, and then the music for the Appetiser, Starter and Main Course are drawn from the Early Renaissance, Classical and Romantic, and Late 19th / 20th Century periods respectively. For dessert there is a selection of arrangements of Popular Classics.
Entry to the concert is free (there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Church Roof Fund, and the concert will be followed by tea and cakes.
Further details, and the full menu can be seen here
‘Tenor and Baritone’
A Musical Comedy exploring the hilariously tragic lives of two aspiring opera singers.
Saturday 4th June @ 7.30pm in Sheffield Library Theatre
Tickets £9 in advance (including booking fee) / £12 on the door
Graham Neal (tenor) and Jon Openshaw (baritone) are budding young opera singers dreaming of superstardom, but when their grumpy accompanist (Robert Webb) brings them down to earth with a few home truths, they are forced into a rethink… perhaps more diversity could hold the key to success…?
The show features two professional opera singers performing music as diverse as opera (mainly with the mick taken out of it) Flanders and Swann, Tom Lehrer, Dolly Parton, Rap and Pop wrapped up in a hilarious story line. You will laugh until you cry – and there really is something for everyone!
Crimes Against Taste are one of the UK’s finest (and only) classical-comedy-cabaret-crossover-acts! Here’s what the audience and reviewers have had to say about them:
“Witty and fun evening”
“…exemplary renditions of many of my comedy favourites… I’m already looking forward to your next performance”
“.. a lewd sense of humour can lurk beneath the proper exterior… The performance was slick and well-paced … murmurs of approval heard from the outset and some extremely positive audience feedback at the end”
Trailer of our previous show, ‘Tales of Lust, Love and Heartbreak’ :www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTRLTY-QQdk