4th Annual International Tour, Chamber Opera Chicago to perform Jane Austen's Persuasion throughout Scotland and UK this Summer 2016
July 08, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment NewsJuly 8, 2016 - Chamber Opera Chicago, a professional not-for-profit opera company devoted to making great opera and musical theatre affordable, is excited to be performing its original musical adaptation of Jane Austen's PERSUASION throughout the UK and Scotland this summer beginning with a benefit for the historical Tivoli Theatre in Aberdeen.
Of the 2015's performance at Edinburgh Fringe, Steve Griffin of Edinburgh 49 wrote, "This is a big budget show with fabulous costumes and incredibly detailed projection on the backdrop to show changes in location, time and weather. The cast were undeniably talented, with some incredibly strong voices on show in both solo and group numbers, and the band were faultless."
PERSUASION, which has toured multiple UK and US cities over the last four years, is one of Jane Austen's most admired novels – the story of a woman who has lost at love and gets a second chance. The Summer 2016 production will be touring with 40 artists - singers, dancers, and orchestra members - and will be presenting performances in Aberdeen, Stirling, York, Stratford Upon Avon, London and Lyme Regis from July 16-30th.
"No 'Persuasion' needed to see this Chicago treat", writes Emily Scotcher, Isle of Wight County Press
2016 International Tour Dates
July 16 - Tivoli Theatre - Aberdeen 7:30 pm (£16 general admission/£14 concessions)
July 19 - Macrobert Arts Center- University of Stirling 7:30 pm (£12 general admission/£10 concessions/£5 students)
July 22 - Joseph Rowntree Theatre - York 7:30 pm (£12 general admission/£8 concessions)
July 24 - Stratford Arts House – Stratford - Upon - Avon 7:30 pm (£12 general admission/£10 concessions)
July 27 - Shaw Theatre - London 7:30 pm (£22 general admission/£20 concessions)
July 29/30 - Marine Theatre - Lyme Regis (£11 general admission/£9 concessions)
With adaptation by Barbara Landis, this fully staged production features a chamber orchestra with Celtic and period instruments, authentic costuming and sets, beautiful projected scenery, and world-champion Irish dancers from the Trinity Irish Dance Company.
This widely acclaimed stage production features Stage Direction by Nick Sandys (British Director/Actor, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago) assisted by Kyle Dougan, Musical Direction by Linda Madonia, Choreography by Sara Stewart Schumann and Projected Scenery Design by John Boesche.
Written at the height of her literary career, PERSUASION is one of the most compelling love stories ever penned. Anne Elliot has rejected a proposal of marriage from the one man she truly loved, Captain Frederick Wentworth. She was persuaded by her godmother that Captain Wentworth was unworthy, but after a separation of nearly a decade, he returns from sea with both rank and fortune. Anne is nearly an old maid and her once rich family faces bankruptcy. Can Anne win him back? Can he forgive her? Can their lost love be rekindled?
Don't miss this authentic rendering of Jane Austen's novel that will transport you back in time! Performances at Tivoli Theatre - Aberdeen, Macrobert Arts Centre - Stirling, Joseph Rowntree Theatre - York, Stratford Arts House - Stratford Upon Avon, Shaw Theatre - London, and the Marine Theatre - Lyme Regis. Performances begin at 19:30 and offer tickets with or without concession. For more press information or ticket links go to http:://www.chamberoperachicago.org. A link to a video preview of the 2016 show is HERE.