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A Rich Variety of Semi Staged Opera Scenes & Arias

Spring is here and with it the heralds the annual ‘Masterclasses’, and the subsequent Spring Opera Showcase, which offers a rich variety of semi staged opera scenes and arias, set into context and presented by a compére, to entertain opera novices, of all ages, and seasoned opera lovers, in equal measure.

Visitors to the Opera Masterclass (Thurs 16th May 2 – 5pm) are able to follow a performance’s journey from rehearsal to production, offering a detailed insight into the workings behind a performance.

My enjoyment (of the Spring Opera Showcase) was greatly enhanced by attendance at the Masterclasses in the days before, where we watched the being trained into dramatic ensembles by some of the best teachers in the world“. Clonter’s former Chairman, Patrick Furlong.

Clonter is delighted to welcome back Michael McCaffery, who directed Clonter’s 2014 production of Faust, and many previous year’Masterclasses’. Michael will accompanied by Anthony Legge.



Michael McCaffery has directed in opera houses and theatres across the world for more than thirty years. His productions have been seen in major theatres in this country and abroad, including Glyndebourne, Bayreuth, Opera Comique, Paris, Volksoper, Vienna, Garsington, Wexford Festival, the National Theatre Tokyo, the Halle Handel Festival, in North and South America and the Middle East.  He also writes and has produced a series of acclaimed features and documentaries for RTE Radio and BBC Radio 4 where his adaptation of the Matchmaker was nominated for a Sony Comedy Award. His association with Clonter also goes back many years, which includes his production of Faust 2014.



Anthony Legge, apart from having formerly been Clonter’s Music Director, he is  ‘Sought after as a conductor and director for opera companies in the UK, Europe and Australia Former Director of Opera at the Royal Academy of Music; now returns as a Visiting Professor.’








Thurs 16th May

Tickets £5, FREE for Friends & Students
Masterclass 2-5pm

BOOK THROUGH BOX OFFICE ONLY 01260 224 514 or boxoffice@clonter.org


Spring Opera Showcase
Sat 18th May

Tickets £22.50, Students £10, Children (Under 16) £8+ Group Discount (10%) available 10+ Early Bird Ticket (20%) available until 31st March

Doors Open 6pm
Performance Starts 7pm
Interval 70 minute supper interval; pre-order supper, hamper or canapé baskets, or bring your own (indoor) picnic.

There is a fully Licensed bar.

FREE parking, and you are welcome to leave your car overnight


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