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Opera, Sat 24 Aug 2019, £14

Menotti's The Telephone

Menotti's The Telephone


Quay Lane,
CO10 2AN


Mark Saberton returns to the Quay Theatre in Sudbury following his popular 2014 and 2017 appearances. On this occasion the show features the wonderful Lisa Cassidy. Acclaimed pianist Matthew McCombie accompanies again after making a great impression in the concert here two years ago.
Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ or ‘L’amour à trois’ is a gem of operatic comedy, presenting an attempted marriage proposal alongside endless phone interruptions (how very modern!). Ben loves Lucy or, should we call her, ‘Rockabilly Lucy’, with her total adoration of 1950s style? Will his gift soften her heart, and encourage her to accept his hand in marriage, or remove her from his arms forever? The first performance was in 1947 but this production has a more contemporary look at the story. As well as the bijou one act opera there will be a selection of songs and duets from the American and English classical song repertoire, featuring composers including Gerald Finzi, Roger Quilter, Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber and Roderick Williams. These trace the journey of myriad conversations and musings on that delightful tyrant, Love.
Lisa Cassidy has gained an international reputation for both the singular beauty of her voice and her striking theatrical presence. Her recent work ranges from developing and performing contemporary classical works in Spain with Vertixe Sonora Ensemble to Opera and Steel as part of the Something Raw Festival at the Frascati Theatre in Amsterdam. She was principle soloist in Undead and Other Tales in the Block Universe Festival at the Royal Academy of Art and, in 2018 alone, appeared in five prestigious Music Festivals as well as in concert at the Red House in Aldeburgh with the pianist, Somi Kim. Lisa also has considerable experience in Oratorio and Song, which she performs throughout the UK, recently appearing in the William Alwyn Festival in Aldeburgh with the actress, Eleanor Bron and the award winning violinist, Fenella Humphries. She received her Masters Degree with Distinction, is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and also a Britten Pears Young Artist. Lisa’s ideal is for her music to be a journey towards connection and unity, summed up beautifully by Robert Henri: ‘The object isn’t to make art, it is to be in a that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.’
Mark Saberton grew up in Suffolk, lives and teaches in Sudbury, and performs regularly in the local area. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and gained a Masters in Advanced Opera and Concert Singing. Mark performed and recorded the role of Ben Budge (Beggars Opera) with Royal Opera and the City of London Sinfonia. At English National Opera he did the roles of Zurga (Pearlfishers), Pizarro (Fidelio) and Lepidus/Mereia (Caligula). Other roles include Mephistopheles (Faust) for Swansea City Opera; Bottom (Midsummer Night's Dream) for Longborough Festival Opera; Scarpia (Tosca) for Heritage Opera; Antonio (Marriage of Figaro) for Garsington Opera and the Hotel Waiter & Boatman (Death in Venice) for Aldeburgh & Bregenz Festivals conducted by Paul Daniel. He has performed several times with Bampton Classical Opera including 'Waiting for Figaro' under Edward Gardner. With Timothy West, David Owen Norris and Philip Langridge he performed in 'A New Creation' at Winchester Cathedral. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and sung in many oratorios and recitals including Brahms’ Requiem (Birmingham Symphony Hall), Orff’s Carmina Burana (Liverpool Philharmonic Hall) and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony (Rochester Cathedral). He is performing in the Barber of Seville at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol between September 18 and October 5.
Matthew McCombie is becoming increasingly established as a versatile artist with an engaging approach to music. He participates in a wide range of activities including performances as a soloist and orchestral musician, accompaniment, collaboration with composers, and educational work. As well as frequent performances in the United Kingdom, Matthew regularly travels internationally to perform for the Cunard Line and P&O Cruises. Matthew studied with Ruth Nye MBE at the Royal College of Music, London where he graduated from the Masters Programme in Advanced Performance with Distinction. He has worked with leading conductors including Barry Wordsworth, James Judd, and Ronald Corp performing works such as Grieg's Piano Concerto, Stravinsky's Petrushka, and Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals. Matthew won the John Longmire Beethoven Competition, the Alfred Kitchen Chopin Competition, and was awarded the Il Circolo Music Award from the Italian Cultural Institute, London. Jazz is one of Matthew's interests and this led him to London's Savoy Hotel where he shared the piano residency following the hotel's highly publicised multi-million pound refurbishment. He is keen to promote the music of British composer Billy Mayerl whose compositions he frequently includes in concert programmes.

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Sat 24 Aug 2019 19:30 to 21:30

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