Music festival: the details

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A top opera company will open the Northumberland Music Festival being held at a number of country houses this November.

This will be the first time in many years that Opera North has performed in Northumberland and the festival organisers are delighted that the Leeds-based company is to perform north of the Tyne.

The two Evenings with Opera North will take place at Eshott Hall on Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10.

Opera North is England’s national opera company in the north.

The Company regularly tours to venues across the country, with productions in 2012 including Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.

Singing highlights from a range of operas, these concerts are intended to be a real feast for the senses as tickets include a gourmet dinner, prepared by Eshott Hall’s head chef and his team.

Dougie Scarfe, Opera North’s chorus, orchestra and concerts director, said: “Opera North is delighted to be a part of this year’s Northumberland Music Festival and we are looking forward to bringing two special evenings of opera classics to audiences in Northumberland.

“Accompanied by piano, four singers will perform some of the most famous and best-loved arias from operas by composers including Puccini, Mozart and Verdi.”

Robert Parker, who owns the three properties that play host to the concerts and mastermindedthe festival, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to learn that Opera North has agreed to be one of the participants at the Northumberland Music Festival this Autumn.

“Without question they are a very exciting company, acclaimed as one of the nation’s leading opera companies.”