Students – and some parents too – from King’s Lynn Theatretrain had fun performing alongside the cast of Opera International in an outstanding performance of Tosca at the Corn Exchange last week.
Opera International, who are regular visitors to the Lynn venue, impressed a full house with an accomplished rendition of the Puccini classic.
The Lynn students, acting as choir girls and boys and nuns sang the children’s chorus and Te Deum in act one, and Leah Hewitt, aged 12, made her stage debut singing the Shepherd Boy’s solo at the beginning of act three.
Centre director, Ruth McKechnie, said: “I was very proud to see my students, many as young as seven and eight confidently singing Puccini in both Italian and Latin – way outside their usual comfort zone!
“And Leah, who is relatively new to Theatretrain did an amazing job with her solo, a very scary thing to sing alone on the stage in a professional production, especially when it’s your first performance outside of school.
“They all had a fantastic time though, along with a few nervous parents who took on roles as extras – and I think we may have some new opera converts now!”
Featuring some of the most well known and haunting of Puccini’s arias, such as Vissi D’Arte (Tosca) and E lucevan le stelle (Cavaradossi), the story is set against a backdrop of Rome in 1800. The melodramatic and gripping tale of deceit, torture, murder and execution ends when the ill-fated Tosca hurls herself to her death from the parapet.
Theatretrain will again be featuring in the next Opera International production of Die Fledermaus in the autumn.
If you wish to get involved and find out more about Theatretrain’s performing arts school in Lynn, contact Ruth on 01223 246464/07810 825062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org