Lowestoft–born international director brings opera show to the town

PUBLISHED: 10:56 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:57 01 March 2017

Eat, Drink, Love! by the Merry Opera Company. Picture: Laurent Compagnon

Eat, Drink, Love! by the Merry Opera Company. Picture: Laurent Compagnon


John Ramster, who was born and bred in Lowestoft before going off to forge a career as an international opera director, is bringing one of his highly acclaimed shows to The Church of Our Lady of the Sea on Sunday, March 5.

John has worked with The Merry Opera Company for several years bringing opera and favourite music to a wide audience as well as helping up-and-coming professionals develop their careers. Teaming up with the international choreograper Carole Todd - fresh from her rave-reviewed panto in Cambridge this winter - and the young music director Harry Sever - shortly to work with Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen - John has now created a feel-good show for today called Eat, Drink, Love.

With plenty of flavour, but a lot of comfort, too, this show satisfies audiences with tastes of music from 17th century Purcell to 20th century Manhattan Transfer, by way of Mozart, Bizet, Bernstein and Flanders and Swann.

The show opened in Kent on February 10 to much mirth from audiences who delighted in the musical celebration of human appetites – for drink, for food and for each other, spiced with a dash of Merry Opera sauciness.

John said: “Some of the dishes we shall serve you shall be familiar and comforting, while others may be not so familiar to your musical taste-buds: for example, we all know Bizet’s Carmen and her liking for a drop of manzanilla sherry, but fewer people know of Bizet’s passion for omelettes in his comic opera Doctor Miracle.

“We have also gone back into traditional folk music, music-hall and novelty-song archives to serve up some fun tunes from yesteryear, and we have been truffle-hunting within operetta and famous musicals as well. From a divertissement written for Louis XIV to a serenade to a Starbucks barista, we’re catering for everyone.”

This is the second show that John and Merry Opera have brought to The Church of Our Lady of the Sea in Gordon Road, Lowestoft. The first was his staging of Handel’s Messiah that was met with great delight by the audience.

The show will start at 3pm and tickets cost £10. They are available in advance from 01502 731609 or on the door.


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