A CELEBRATION to mark the launch of Opera Worcester, the new name for Great Witley Operatic Society, raised more than £200 for the Mayor of Worcester’s chosen charities.
More than 60 people gathered at the Guildhall for the launch which saw the audience treated to a musical mixture of Wagner, Puccini, Mozart, Verdi and Gershwin delivered by Opera Worcester’s regular soloists and chorus.
Jane Faulkner, better known locally as Jane Dodd, who was principal soprano with the former GWOS before becoming a professional singer with D’Oyly Carte Opera Company was one of two professional soloists to join the group on stage.
Worcester-born Rachael Tovey, a professional opera singer who has performed at major opera houses all over the world, also showcased her talents during the event and both have agreed to become patrons of the new company.
Opera Worcester has its origins in the Worcestershire village of Great Witley.
Established in 1952, it now attracts singers from all over Worcestershire and from as far afield as Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Wales.
Chairman of Opera Worcester, Caroline Causier was delighted with the attendance and also the amount of money raised.
“We are very grateful to the Mayor for allowing us to use the Guildhall within the heart of Worcester for this very special launch of our new company name,” she said.
“It was wonderful to see so many people there to hear our soloists and celebrate with us.
“We want to thank everyone who attended for their generosity and for being such an appreciative audience.”
Opera Worcester’s next production is ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ which will be sung in English and accompanied by an orchestra.
The show will take place at Worcester’s Swan Theatre on March 15 to 17.
Tickets are available now on 07396 081426 or by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit www.operaworcester.uk for more information.