Plaza Opera is a friendly Opera Company based in the small market town of Thrapston in East Northamptonshire. Founded in September 2010 by Vincent Davy from Thrapston with drama director Anne
Parkes from Islip. The pair
worked successfully together in the past when Vincent was director of the Nene
Valley Saturday Music Centre at Oundle.
presented many Choral/Orchestral concerts to celebrate local events, notably
the 2005 Thrapston Charter 800th Anniversary and the 2009 Islip St Nicholas
Church Organ Centenary, Vincent proposed the full scale opera at a public
meeting in February 2010 which met with considerable support.
were held in June and rehearsals began in September.
of the principal roles were taken by young professional singers coming
from as far afield as Huntingdon, Northampton and Birmingham!
Chorus were mainly local singers from Thrapston, Raunds and Oundle although some
came from further away. The children’s chorus was mainly Thrapston based.
Together with the twenty
strong Orchestra of Northants musicians and the five 'walk on Toreadors', the numbers performing totalled over
a full scale opera is a huge undertaking and the list of jobs to be done just
seemed to grow and grow. Orchestra members needed to be booked, stage design
crew to be gathered, lighting, props, costume, front of house, interval drinks,
programme. . . !
all, the proposed budget had to be met and tickets sold.
the end, this last proved the least taxing. Ticket uptake was amazing,
seats being sold out a month before the first performance
audience coming from far and wide.
''This was indeed
a thoroughly entertaining and eagerly awaited production. Firstly, I would like
to congratulate you on your vision, bravery and determination to bring Opera to
the area and above all in these difficult times, to ensure that the production
was a sell out – well done!
All in all, it
was an excellent production to kick off Thrapston Plaza Opera Company and put
them firmly on the map. I hope that this will now be continued as an annual
event and if so, I look forward to your next production. '' Neil Richardson, NODA
Subsequent successful productions of 'The Bartered Bride', 'Aida',' Die Fledermaus', 'Madame Butterfly' and 'La Vie Parisienne' have continued to put Thrapston Plaza Opera on the map and plans are now underway for the 2017 production of 'Eugene Onegin'.