Hall to host opera nights

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Stanley Hall manor house will come alive with opera when a production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is staged in the gardens of the moated Elizabethan manor house in Pebmarsh on June 25, 26, 30 and July 2.

An extra date has been added to this year’s opera run due to popular demand, and tickets are now on sale.

Stanley Hall Opera had its first season in 2001 and is known for showcasing young talent alongside experienced professionals and a full-size chamber orchestra,

Eugene Onegin will feature performances by Natasha Jouhl and Grant Doyle, who have appeared at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London.

They will be directed by Natascha Metherell, who has worked with English National Opera and Glyndebourne on Tour and who directed last year’s production of Rossini’s Barber of Seville. Conductor is John Andrews.

Twenty-five families in and around Halstead play host to members of the cast and crew each summer.

Organisers hope this year’s production will attract more people than ever.

The 2011 midsummer season also includes an evening with the acclaimed Redbridge Brass, performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Wind in the Willows by Cambridge Touring Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now at www.stanleyhall.co.uk.