Fascinating programme of opera

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THE New London Opera Group’s eighth annual spring concert will take place at Louth Playgoers’ Riverhead Theatre on Saturday at 7.30pm.

The first half of the programme will be a performance of Arthur Sullivan’s one-act comic opera, The Zoo.

A charming romantic comedy, set in London Zoo it tells the story of the hapless romance between Aesculapius Carboy, a poor-but-honest chemist, and Laetitia, daughter of hard-hearted grocer, Mr Grinder.

The opera is full of hilarious misunderstandings, disguises and plot twists.

A cast of five singers will give a complete staged performance, without chorus, and with piano accompaniment by popular regular pianist Paul Guinery.

After the interval, the cast will present a concert of excerpts from operas by Gilbert and Sullivan, working together and with other collaborators.

The programme will be a fascinating blend of favourites and interesting novelties, including, in the centenary year of his death, excerpts from Gilbert’s most cherished operatic project, The Mountebanks.

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