Hatstand’s Opera in the Park programme

Sunday 6th August 2023 at 1pm

We’re so looking forward to entertaining all you good folks here in Victoria Park Portsmouth. So sit back, enjoy your picnic and here’s what we’re planning to sing!

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ACT 1  
I declare this is too boldMerry Wives of WindsorNicolai
Non più andraiLe Nozze di FigaroMozart, W A
Flower DuetLakméDelibes
Measuring DuetLe Nozze di FigaroMozart, W A
O mio babbino caroGianni SchicchiPuccini
Die Glock schlug Merry Wives of WindsorNicolai
Là ci daremDon GiovanniMozart, W A
Pres des rempartsCarmenBizet
Fly DuetOrpheus in the UnderworldOffenbach
ACT 2  
Death to the InvaderPrincess IdaGilbert & Sullivan
Mephistopheles’ Serenade FaustGounod
Sull’ ariaLe Nozze di FigaroMozart, W A
Ebben? ne andrò lontanaLa WallyCatalani
Three Little MaidsThe MikadoGilbert & Sullivan

And some surprise items just for Opera in the Park!

(programme very much subject to possible changes in order and content)

You are listening to….

Toni Nunn (soprano): roles include Violetta La Traviata, Queen of the Night Magic Flute, Rosina Barber of Seville, Adina L’Elisir d’amore, Mistress Ford Merry Wives of Windsor, Madam Herze The Impressario, Gilda Rigoletto, Lucia Lucia di Lammamoor, Nella Gianni Schicchi, and Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte. Toni also runs Singers for Funerals, singing throughout the pandemic, and at a total of almost 500 funerals to date.

Kirsty Young (mezzo): roles include Dorabella Cosi Fan Tutte, Nancy Albert Herring, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Nicklaus Tales of Hoffmann, Orestes La Belle Helene, Mercedes Carmen, Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, and Rosina The Barber of Seville. She is founder and Director of Hatstand Opera, and the proud owner of a pedigree Field Spaniel who won her class at Crufts – once.

Bryan Kesselman (baritone): roles include Dr Bartolo Barber of Seville, Figaro Marriage of Figaro, Papageno Magic Flute, Jack Point Yeomen of the Guard, and Ko-Ko The Mikado. Bryan has composed operas including “The Time Traveller”, a “Diamond Jubilee Choral Fanfare”, performed for The Queen in 2012, and “Maccabee”, for which he received a Millennium Award. He is Musical Director of the Tonic Choirs.

Sue Graham Smith (pianist): has coached over 30 operas and worked with BBC Symphony Chorus, English National Opera, D’Oyly Carte, Kent Opera and many other choirs & opera companies. On TV and radio, Sue has played on BBC Songs of Praise, the Gloria Hunniford Show, and Maestro (with celebrity conductors). Sue is currently Accompanist to Brighton Festival Chorus, Chichester Singers and West Sussex Youth Choir.