Thrapston Plaza Opera - Presenting Bizet's 'Carmen' in February 2011
Thrapston 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.
 
Having 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.
Auditions were held in June and rehearsals began in September.
 
Many of the principal roles were taken by young professional singers coming from as far afield as Huntingdon, Northampton and Birmingham!
The 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 sixty!

Mounting 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.  .  . !   

 Above all, the proposed budget had to be met and tickets sold. In the end, this last proved the least taxing. Ticket uptake was amazing, seats being sold out a month before the first performance with 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'.












































































































































































































































































































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