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Royal Holloway students bring Mozart into the 21st Century

Posted on 16/05/2011

The cast of The Marriage of Figaro

Royal Holloway students have given Mozart’s timeless comedy, The Marriage of Figaro, a hilarious new modern interpretation in the latest production performed by Opera Holloway.

The new contemporary translation by Director Christopher Moon-Little and a cast of young, fresh, exciting talent will premier early next month, at the University’s Windsor Building auditorium.

Opera Holloway was formed in 2009 as a student-led initiative to provide an opportunity to perform in operas and present accessible performances to people of all ages and backgrounds. The group has received increasing recognition over the past six months, having been awarded an Enterprise Mini-grant for 2011 by Sir Alec Reed CBE and receiving the encouragement and support from the university’s students, staff and alumni, including world-class soprano Dame Felicity Lott.

The Marriage of Figaro marks a milestone for both Opera Holloway and Royal Holloway, as it will be the first full opera produced and performed at the university. The production reinterprets Da Ponte’s libretto and Mozart’s well-known score, placing them in a relevant modern-day setting that a diverse audience can relate to. Christopher said: “I attempted to transliterate the humour and sentiment of the drama without weighing it down with antique desires and language.”

The whole team have been working tirelessly since September last year to ensure they are able to deliver a performance of the highest quality.

An official launch concert has been planned for Saturday 28 May at the United Church of Egham, which will showcase a variety of musical genres, from jazz to opera, and promises to offer something for everyone. Opera Holloway will then perform Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Royal Holloway University, at 7.30pm on 7, 9 and 10 June, with the final performance on 10th June forming a Charity Opera Gala for children’s charity Brainwave.

Tickets for the official launch concert or The Marriage of Figaro, are available from the box office or by calling 01784 443853.



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