Win opera tickets

John Marshall
John Marshall

A Spring Opera Gala, presented by The Rotary Club of Alnwick, at the Guest Hall, Alnwick Castle, Thursday, April 14, 7.30pm. Tickets £20, from Marion Long on 01669 620045 or from G Penrose & Sons, Bondgate Within, Alnwick.

THREE internationally-acclaimed professional performers will grace the Guest Hall at Alnwick Castle for an exquisite evening of entertainment – all in the name of charity.

Andrea Baker

Andrea Baker

Highly-acclaimed mezzo soprano Andrea Baker, tenor John Marshall and musical director Richard Lewis will appear in the town for a one-off performance, on behalf of The Rotary Club of Alnwick.

All proceeds from the show will go to local charities, in particular the town’s Gallery Youth Project.

Club president Terry Long said: “It is extremely thrilling to have performers of this calibre willing to give their time and talent for the benefit of others.

“We can guarantee an excellent evening of popular opera, performed by internationally-acclaimed artists – all of this in the superb venue of the Guest Hall in Alnwick Castle.

Richard Lewis.

Richard Lewis.

“Even if you haven’t experienced opera before or consider yourself ‘not into opera’ you will recognise most if not all of the music performed on the night – you won’t be disappointed.”

Baker has an astounding range of repertoire and her interpretations range from the title role in Carmen to Nen-Nen in Dominique Legendre’s world premier of The Bird of Night.

Her most recent performances of Serena in Porgy and Bess at the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival were unanimously hailed as a major success.

Her collaborations with conductors include Zubin Mehta and Sir Simon Rattle while operatic and concert engagements have led her to many of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls, including Sydney Opera House, Palau de les Arts, in Valencia, Florence’s Teatro del Maggio Musicale and the Royal Albert Hall, London,

American-born Baker, set to appear at The Sage Gateshead in June with Opera North, will be joined in Alnwick by Marshall, whose CV boasts appearances in the West End production of Phantom of the Opera, as well as an American tour of Carmen, with 83 performances all over the States.

He has also sung in Kuala Lumpur, Brazil, Tenerife, France and Spain, while recent roles include Pinkerton in Madam Butterfly for English National Opera and a series of Last Night of the Spring Proms concerts.

Lewis completes the trio and will be playing the Steinway piano during the concert.

A musical director, some of Lewis’ highlights include being assistant conductor in the Dutch National Opera’s production of Mozart’s Lucio Silla. He has also assisted Adam Fischer on the annual Budapest Ring Cycle’s on a number of occasions.

Lewis was appointed chorus master and conductor at Opera Queensland in June 2007 and made his conducting debut with the company in a new production of Mozart’s Magic Flute.

He is also active in musical theatre, while on the symphonic front, Lewis has conducted the likes of Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Danish Radio Sinfonietta and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

The Gazette has teamed up with The Rotary Club of Alnwick to give away two pairs of tickets for the concert, worth a total of £80.

To stand a chance of winning a pair, answer the following question:

In which country was Andrea Baker born?

The closing date for entries is Friday, April 8.

Send your entries to Opera Competition, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PN.