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Shakespeare in Love, in Loathing and Laughter and all in MusicApr 2016
OperaUpClose join in the Shakespeare celebrations

The anniversary of Shakespeare’s death has inspired a variety of creative activity all round the world, just as Shakespeare’s work has inspired creative people in the last 400 years.  In the field of music, there have been orchestral pieces, songs and operas.  OperaUpClose are marking the occasion by devising a programme of songs, operatic arias and ensembles: there will be show-stoppers from Verdi’s Macbeth and quick-witted wordplay from Much Ado About Nothing and Falstaff alongside lesser known operas and well-loved songs like Schubert’s Who is Sylvia?

It’s the morning after a party and playboy Benedict has made another conquest.  A mysterious woman called Sylvia has given him her number.  While a heartbroken Beatrice despairs at Benedict’s womanising, Sylvia’s fiancé Demetrius discovers the affair.  Will these love triangles resolve themselves or will heartbreak and jealousy drive them to folly?

The OperaUpClose celebration Music oft hath such a charm will be performed at the North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford on April 15.