Pupils learn more about the art of opera

Alex Tsilogiannis and Katie Bird from Nevill Holt Opera EMN-160224-170344001

Alex Tsilogiannis and Katie Bird from Nevill Holt Opera EMN-160224-170344001

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Pupils from Charles Read Academy have been learning more about the classical art of opera during a range of workshops from Nevill Holt Opera.

The critically acclaimed opera group visited the academy as part of a week-long programme of events.

Pupils had the chance to devise their own opera scene and write their own alternative versions of arias, which they would later go on to perform.

One pupil, who took part in the workshop, said: “It was an amazing experience and the workshops have broadened my knowledge of opera. We are not exposed to classical music everyday, so experiences like this really do take some beating.”

To conclude, the pupils were treated to a snippet of Puccini’s La bohème, performed by a trained opera singer. They will also have the opportunity to watch a professional production at the Nevill Holt Festival in the summer.

Simon Toyne, executive director of music for the David Ross Education Trust, commented: “The response from the students at this academy has been fantastic, they were all so enthusiastic, creative, and totally absorbed in the activities.

“The quality of productions at Nevill Holt Opera are world class and it was a pleasure to see the students gain confidence throughout the sessions.”

The Nevill Holt Opera at Market Harborough will be performing Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love as part of the Nevill Holt Festival from June 16 to July 3.

Find out more at www.nevillholtopera.net