Treat for opera fans lined up at festival

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The Northumberland Music Festival, which sees live concerts at venues across Northumberland and further afield, continues at Doxford Hall this week with North Wales Opera Studio (NWOS).

Friday’s Gala Opera Evening, under the instruction of Anne Williams-King and David Bartlett, will include arias, duets and semi-staged scenes from some of the great composers, including Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Bizet.

And on Saturday, the Sacred and Sublime Concert, with excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, works by Mendelssohn, Bach, Mozart and Verdi, will highlight one of the most enduring of musical genres.

The NWOS company comprises nine singers whose musical biographies already reveal an impressive range of roles, projects and companies.

Distinguished festivals, cathedrals, choirs and colleges have already contributed to their collective experience as they travel to Northumberland to show audiences their talent and enthusiasm.

Tickets for these performances, which start at 6pm, cost £55 and include a welcome drink on arrival, three-course gourmet dinner, coffee and petit fours.

Tickets can be purchase via www.nmfestival.co.uk or on 01668 283100.