ONE MONTH TO GO... Gounod's Faust

27th September'Bold, breathtaking, and … brilliant
Philip Radcliffe, Manchester Theatre Awards

Clonter is proud to announce its own YouTube links to arias and duets from Faust. To tempt either those who have not yet been, or for those that have, to help spread the word. We want to sell every last seat. If you weren't able to make it in July, Faust returns in September for one night only in Cheshire, before transferring to the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London.  

YouTube Links Salut demeure chaste et pure 

Jewel Song 

Avant de quitter ces lieux 

Le Veau d’or (The song of the Golden Calf) 

Oui, c’est toi 

Death of Valentine 

   Church Scene

Faust Paul Curievici
Mephistopheles Javier Borda
Marguerite Anna Gillingham
Valentine Christopher Cull
Siebel Katherine Aitken
Martha Heather Ireson
Wagner Thomas Hopkinson
Brander Dominick Felix

Conductor  Clive Timms

Director Michael McCaffery
Assistant Music Director Robin Humphreys
Set & Costume Designer Elroy Ashmore
Lighting Designer David L Sadler
Fight Director  Renny Krupinski 
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Reviews & Audience Feedback

'Bold, breathtaking, and … brilliant…visually spellbindingPhilip Radcliffe, Manchester Theatre Awards

Manchester Theatre Awards - Review by Philip Radcliffe '… the inventive Clonter take on this mighty work,  led by Michael McCaffery and conductor Clive Timms, turns out to be bold, breathtaking and, in the end, brilliant. The staging absolutely captures the decadent pleasure-bent atmosphere of 1860’s Paris. Designer Elroy Ashmore’s set, imaginatively lit by David L Sadler, is a giant semi-circular hall of mirrors with a smallPalace of Varieties theatre stage, red plush curtains and all ...The theatricality works a treat. The truly climatic last two acts are visually spellbinding. The candle-lit church scene, with fairy lights in all those mirrors, of Act 4, stressing the importance in all this of the Catholic church, is unforgettable. Both acts are dramatically breathtaking…The singing overall is first-rate. In the central role of Marguerite, soprano Anna Gillingham is altogether captivating and sings gloriously… Mephistopheles, a boo-able figure in black and red, is reminiscent of MC in Cabaret, swaggering, would-be amusing, threatening. Javier Borda, a big man, fills the part splendidly...' Manchester Evening News critic Robert Beale (commented on the above review).

'Fully agreed. Music director Clive Timms and director Michael McCaffery have taken Faust back to its roots as an ‘opéra comique’, with spoken dialogue, and presenting it in English effectively captures its satirical aspect...With choruses turned into quartets, everyone worked hard, the ‘supporting’ roles such as Siebel (Katherine Aitken – a young Irish singer with a beautiful tone) and Martha (Heather Ireson – a star in Royal Northern College of Music opera and a gifted actress) as vital as the main protagonists, as were Thomas Hopkinson, another excellent performer from the RNCM, as Wagner and Dominick Felix as Brander. Paul Curievici (Faust) has the kind of tenor that would fill a much bigger house than Clonter’s and high notes that should take him a long way in the opera world. Javier Borda was excellent as Mephistopheles, with dark, lugubrious tone and a real gift for comedy.'

Full Faust Review One of our donors

"We were thrilled to bits with last night’s performance of Faust.  A wonderful new production .... all aspects delighted us.   Congratulations to all concerned, performers, director and all associated.  We so often feel productions are sometimes spoiled, even ruined – by an excess of resources, and the doing of things just because they can be done (not, of course, at Clonter!).  We especially enjoy seeing and hearing opera at Clonter for this very reason.  We look forward to bringing a couple of young people in September – who knows, we might convert them!

Director of Brewin Dolphin - who brought corporate guests

“Just a quick note to say what a great performance we were lucky enough to see on Saturday evening, it was a truly memorable performance, which not only did I enjoy enormously, but so did the guests we entertained”

Ex-head of performing arts at a local comprehensive school

Tonight was absolutely fabulous in every aspect/direction/set/singers/orchestra… 

General Audience Feedback 
"From a normally non opera lover, I loved the straight dialogue.  It was very engaging and funny!"
"We really enjoyed the performance…as usual…our thanks to the cast and everyone involved in producing such a great evening
"We were in a party of 10…All in all, a great tribute to all that has been achieved at Clonter during these past 40 years" 
"I much enjoyed Faust; fine singing, stage settings and orchestra and very clever choreography, fitting it into a small stage" 
"We didn't know what to expect, and we got the unexpected…in true Clonter style! Comedy and tragedy went side by side. Moments of farce followed scenes of high passion and tragedy…a most devilishly flamboyant Mephistopheles manipulated his victims…the set made us think of a Parisian Music Hall of the 1890s, with plush banquettes and huge revolving mirrors; the costumes were a kaleidoscope of colour and style; the singing was superb (all in English), likewise the orchestra. Another Clonter night to remember.
Younger Members of the Audience Feedback
"After watching last year's performance of Die Fledermaus at Clonter Opera my brother and I (now aged 10 and 12) eagerly anticipated this years Faust. We were not to be disappointed! The plot totally captured our imagination and when the interval came we could not wait for the second half to begin. Only an ice cream could placate our wait!! The Opera was sung in English and there was plenty of dialogue in between, also in English. Understanding the storyline was definitely helped by the Opera's sublime cast, dramatic scenery and a stirring orchestra. We were made very welcome and can highly recommend it to everyone and that is from two boys that are usually to be found on the rugby pitch!!"

Saturday 27th September
 £30, £45, £55, £65.  Students £10 (Limited Number)
Group Discount (10%) 8+, &  Members of Clubs
Performance Starts 7.00pm 
70 Minute Supper Interval: pre-order supper, hamper, canapé basket, or bring your own picnic 

Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, London SW7
Tuesday 30th September
 £35, £50, £65, £100*  Students £10 (Limited Number)
*Tickets include champagne interval reception with canapés and a short talk given by the director in the Donaldson Room 
Group Discount (10%) 8+
Performance Starts 7.00pm
30 Minute Interval
Wednesday 1st October  - 40th Anniversary Performance £110 
The 40th Anniversary Celebration tickets include a champagne interval reception with canapés and a short talk given by the director, in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall.
Performance Starts 7.00pm 
45 Minute Interval To book tickets either call our Box Office 01260 224 514 or Book Online


Wedding Fair 27th October 2013

Come and see us on the 27th October 2013. Visit stalls, chat to suppliers and get some creative inspiration in the stunning surroundings of the Clonter Opera Theatre in the Cheshire countryside.  





Wedding Fair, 27th October

Thinking of getting married?

We can offer a range of options for a unique, never to be forgotten day. If you'd like to see what we can offer, why not pop in to our next wedding fair? It's on 27th October, and we'll have suppliers and wedding experts on hand to offer advice for your big day.

Entry is free, so come along and see us at Clonter Opera Theatre, Trap Lane, Swettenham CW12 2LR.





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The Premier Asian Wedding Show, 22nd September.

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