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Thames Opera Company takes to the Towngate in Basildon

5th April 2024
Posted by Johnny Jenkins

The Thames Opera Company is presenting a very special concert Opera for All, on Saturday 20th April, at the Towngate Theatre, Basildon. As the name suggests, the concert will break the stigma around opera and make it more accessible than ever before.  

Thames Opera Company’s chorus is made up of people like you, many of which had never seen or heard opera before, let alone sung it. Open to all, the chorus are a non-auditioned community of singers, formed in 2020, who have already become part of the vibrant local arts scene. For this concert they will be performing alongside some of the best singers in the country. 

Renowned Baritone Roderick Williams, a soloist at the Coronation of King Charles III and more recently seen on Gareth Malone’s Easter Passion on the BBC, will be singing alongside international stars of opera, Luis Gomez, Anita Watson, and Nancy Holt. You will also be introduced to opera star of the future, Blaize O’Callaghan. 

The evening will be hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Ian Skelly, who will guide you through some of opera’s most iconic music, performed in a relaxed, but dynamic staging. And we guarantee that you will know some of the tunes already, from films, adverts, TV shows, and even ringtones. This is music that stays in your mind, and you’ll find yourself humming the next day. 

Johnny spoke to Matt Smith from the Thames Opera Company:

Opera for All will be at the Towngate theatre, Basildon on Saturday 20th April.