“A Night at the Opera” concluded the current season of Urmston Choral Society’s series of concerts and took place at St. Monica’s Church in Irlam Road, Flixton, on Wednesday, May 7. It was repeated at St. Werburgh’s Church in Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, on the following Saturday, 10th May, both starting at 7.30pm.
With many classical choruses from well-known operas including the Triumphal Scene (Aida), Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco), Brindisi (La Traviata), Habanera (Carmen) and the Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore), the concerts were among the best the Choir has ever performed. Soloists included international opera singer, Nicholas Buxton (tenor), Susan Sawyer and Julie Parker (sopranos) and Pru Caville (alto).
Said the Choir’s Musical Director, Julie Parker: ‘People often think that opera is very high-brow and not for them. While this type of music is something of a departure from the concerts we normally perform, we have chosen the most popular of the opera classics which many people love, not least because they recognise several of the pieces from television and film advertisements. The Choir thoroughly enjoyed rehearsing and peforming this event and the magnificence of the evening successfully delivered our audiences a very special night to remember’.