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Outstanding overtures as the RPO return to the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 16:23 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:24 14 July 2017

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will return to perform at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Rutter

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will return to perform at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft. Picture: Nick Rutter

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It promises to be an evening of passion and drama from the world of opera.

And when the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft on Friday, September 1 for ‘A Night at the Opera’ outstanding overtures, poignant arias and beautiful duets from world famous operas by Gounod, Bizet, Puccini, Verdi and more will be showcased.

John Rigby takes the helm, with highlights including songs from tragic love stories such as Puccini’s La bohème and Bizet’s Carmen, powerful epics including Turandot and Eugene Onegin, and comic moments from operas such as The Marriage of Figaro.

This concert is a fantastic opportunity to hear stunning soloists Jeni Bern (soprano) and Owen Gilhooly (tenor).

Adam Wright, chairman of the orchestra, said: “There is the chance to listen to lots of opera tunes – you get to hear all the famous tunes in one evening and with such variety on offer – it is sure to be a fantastic evening.”

Mr Wright has been involved with the orchestra for the past 11 years. After first playing the trumpet at the age of eight, Mr Wright continues to enjoy his visits to the Marina Theatre – which has been a residency of the orchestra since 2005.

“It’s a wonderful town, with a beautiful theatre,” he added.

“Most importantly, the audience are really enthusiastic and really seem to enjoy us coming – for us on stage – that gives us a real buzz.”

Once again, guests to the theatre can make the most of the new Celebration Packages for just £10 – which include a number of themed goodies to make the evening extra special.

Fraser Gordon, principal contrabassoon player, added: “You’ll be coming to see an orchestra of about 50 people, which makes it a real intimate experience for the audience.

“We try and provide you with very popular programmes and we might play some things you have never heard before!”

Tickets range from £27.50 to £32.50 with under 25s and group rates available.

The orchestra will conclude its 2017 season with The Music of John Williams on November 24.

Call the box office on 01502 533200 or visit www.marinatheatre.co.uk to book tickets.

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