Opera in the open at garden party in Skegness

Garsington Opera's Eugene Onegin.
Garsington Opera's Eugene Onegin.

There will be a chance to enjoy opera in the open at this year’s SO Festival.

Visitors to the event will be able to enjoy a free screening of Garsington Opera’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at 12.30pm on Saturday, July 2, in a special garden party by the resort’s boating lake.

The screening forms part of the opera company’s Opera for All touring programme, which aims to make the art form accessible to communities across the country, and will also include family sessions where visitors can write a postcard to the past, or dress up as a character from the story.

Young singers from Skegness will be performing live following a series of school workshops taking place in the run up to the festival.

Lorna Fulton, SO Festival director, said: “Garsington Opera has been a part of SO Festival for a number of years and we are pleased to be welcoming them back to Skegness for 2016.

“This year they will be hosting a special opera garden party on the Saturday afternoon in Skegness, as well as holding interactive family sessions during the screening – we’re really looking forward to it.”

Tchaikovsky’s powerful and moving opera Eugene Onegin about youth and first love, features British baritone Roderick Williams in the title role and Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw singing the young heroine Tatyana.

Clare Adams from Garsington Opera said: “We are delighted to be returning to Skegness and we are particularly pleased to be working with many young people in schools the weeks before the screening and giving them first-hand experience of opera. We hope many families will come to the event and enjoy the day.”

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