The renowned Garden Opera Company returns to Herefordshire when they perform Donizetti's Don Pasquale in the magical setting of the gardens of Hergest Croft, Kington on Saturday 12 July.
The gardens at Hergest Croft will be open from 6 pm and the performance will start at 7 pm with a 45 minute picnic interval.
Tickets priced £27.50 can be purchased from the Cathedral Shop, The Outback Hereford or the Perpetual Trust office (01432 374261). Picnics, which need to be pre-booked, can be arranged through the Trust office and are priced £12.
Don Pasquale is a comic masterpiece that has a freshness that never falters. Although first performed in 1843 the story harks back to stock characters of the commedia dell'arte which ring as true today as if it were minted yesterday.
'Their productions always sparkle with wit and wonderful music,' said Erica Manley, Events Secretary for Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust, which is staging the performance. 'It will be a deliciously funny performance and I know it will appeal to all, whether seasoned opera-goers or absolute newcomers.'
'It is such an entertaining, intimate and approachable style opera and if you just want to enjoy a wonderful summer's evening with friends and good music I could think of nothing better!'
Ernesto is in love with Norina and has refused to marry a 'more suitable' woman chosen for him by his uncle, Don Pasquale. The uncle also decides to marry and Norina disguises herself and goes through a false marriage ceremony … the fun then begins!
The performance, which is sponsored by South Hereford Audi, will be sung in English and accompanied by a small chamber orchestra.
It sounds like a great evening.