Iford Arts hosts big emotions in their small but perfectly formed space – Love in La boheme and the Barber of Seville; grief and hope in Handel's Jephtha
Iford Arts Summer of Music running from May to August with its regular mix of concerts, proms and opera opens on May 27 with one of the most famous and popular of all tragic love stories.
The intimate atmosphere of the courtyard at Iford Manor will bring additional poignancy to Iford Arts’ new production of Puccini’s coming-of-age story La boheme, set amongst Parisian students. It’s translated and directed by Christopher Cowell and conducted by Oliver Gooch.
The season continues with a complete contrast created for Iford Arts by Charles Court Opera – Rossini’s joyful and exuberant Barber of Seville, in which the inventive barber Figaro tirelessly manoeuvres his masters into happy endings.
The season is completed by a new Iford Arts production of Handel’s harrowing Jephtha, the Old Testament story of a military leader’s bold deal with God which has terrifying consequences for his family and still raises questions for today. Sung in English, it’s conducted by Christopher Bucknall and directed by Tim Nelson.
The Iford Arts opera season features two productions by Iford Arts – Puccini’s La Boheme (May 27) and Handel’s Jephtha (July 22). Rossini’s Barber of Seville, produced by Charles Court Opera, opens on June 21. All the operas are sung in English translation.