Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, Clonter offers audiences an opportunity to hear some of the world’s finest emerging musical talent from a wide range of musical genres including jazz, folk, opera, gospel and panto. We are passionate about live musical theatre and aim to provide a diverse programme of events. Clonter offers an exciting range of opportunities for our audiences to get up close to our work,with pre-performance talks, open opera studios, musical theatre workshops and much more. Make a night of Your Visit, bring the family, enjoy a dining in our Carmen restaurant or bring your own picnic. Come and explore all that Clonter has to offer.
Clonter Opera Theatre, Swettenham Heath, Congleton CW12 2LR
DOWNTON ABBEY MEETS
THE HOUSE OF ALMAVIVA…
Lovers of Downton Abbey (the later episodes in particular) may agree with the parallels Robert Beale (The Arts Desk and Manchester Theatre Awards critic) made in this year’s Clonter production of The Marriage of Figaro.
Art Critic Review Highlights
‘Le nozze di Figaro, Clonter Opera review – a wedding full of future starts…The fun of seeing a Clonter show lies mainly in spotting those among its casts who may turn out to be star names of the future, but in recent years its production and musical standard had been raised ever higher…(the) intensive work over two weeks can bring remarkable results. Such is the case with Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. Director Stephen Medcalf – who has created imaginative and telling productions for Opera North and Buxton Festival, among others – sets it in Spain (Where else?) but in the 20th century: the fascist period actually. That gives him and designer Nate Gibson the chance to pay homage to Dali and Gaudi in the setting (though in a minimalist way)…’
‘My friends and I thought it was a triumph, and thoroughly enjoyed the evening…The casting and characterisations were excellent, with many delightful ‘little touches’ of detail and interconnection, and of course the singing and orchestral delivery was spot-on.’
‘I loved it so much, I think I am going to come again’.
‘On behalf of my colleague and students, I just wanted to express our thanks for such a wonderful performance…I know that our students have not only found it tremendously helpful for their ‘A’ level studies, but also opened up another avenue of musical enjoyment…we hope to visit this lovely theatre again soon’. Teacher of Music
‘This was Clonter at its vert best: a spectacular production and fantastic energy throughout.’
Marriage of Figaro Album https://www.clonter.org/marriage-figaro-july-2017/
Tickets still available for all performances.