12th opera festival has a Manx guest

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THIS weekend the Erin Arts Centre will see the return of the Mananan Opera Festival with the production of L’elisir D’amore.

Donizetti’sopera, although written in Italian, will be sung in English at the 12th festival in Port Erin.

The story of L’elisir D’amore sees Adina, a wealthy female, in high romantic demand.

Nemorino, a young local boy, is desperately trying to win Adina’s heart by buying into what is described to him as ‘love elixir’ but is in fact just wine. This causes him to be drunk and therefore frustrating to Adina who proceeds to marry another man but Nemorino’s second dose of ‘love elixir’ makes him more confident with women, causing Adina a great deal of jealousy and so she makes it her aim to win him over herself.

The opera has been performed at the Mananan Opera Festival previously and will surely be another huge success.

The opera will be host to many award-winning opera names.

John Pierce, who plays Nemorino, represented Wales in the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in June. He has sung with the BBC National Orchestra and last performed at the Mananan Opera Festival in 2006.

And Andrea Tweedale, who will play Adina, is a student at the Royal National College of Music.

Her latest opera roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, Mimi in La Boheme, Frasquita in Carmen and The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro.

They will be joined by Alistair McCall (Belcore) and Australian baritone Jonathan Alley (Dr Dulcamara) who have both performed with the Royal Northern College of Music.

Jonathan even won the Michael Kennedy Award for the Singing of Strauss while there.

Gianetta will be played by Fleur Bray who has performed with the Manchester Camerata and BBC Radio 3 and has had the title of soloist within the Liverpool Philharmonic 10/10 Ensemble in past years.

There will even be Manx talent performing at the festival in the form of Port Erin cornet player and Rushen Primary School teacher Matther Callister, who will play Matteo.

Matthew is a member of a host of Manx music groups and has taught music in schools across the island.

Director Stefan Janski, who will return for his 12th Mananan opera, has worked on the Royal Gala and the BBC Proms. And the musical director is Kevin Thraves who has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

If the line-up doesn’t have you jumping to the phone to book your tickets then the success of the opera definitely should.

L’elisir D’amore will be performed in the Erin Arts Centre tonight (Friday) at 8pm, tomorrow at 8pm and on Sunday at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost £20 and are available from the Erin Arts Centre in person or on 832662 between 10.30am and 4.30pm today (Friday) or 30 minutes before each performance.

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