Singing in the Blackheath Halls Opera chorus for the first time

I’m new to the Community Opera chorus and enjoying the fun of up to 12 hours a week rehearsing Rossini’s Count Ory at the Halls. I had wanted to be involved with the opera for a number of years (I was always tempted by the sound of the chorus rehearsing in the Halls) but until this year family holidays had taken us away during the opera performances. It is a great treat therefore to be able to participate this year.

The chorus learnt their parts with Nicholas Jenkins in music rehearsals and we have now moved onto the production rehearsals with Harry Fehr. I am relishing the steep learning curve of singing from memory and moving around and acting as well! Very different to my usual staple of religious choral music. As villagers and then the countess’ ladies we heckle, sympathise and at times surge and shout and shout! All our movements and emotions are rehearsed meticulously by Harry Fehr and his team, with Harry taking all the principals’ roles so far.

The sun continues to shine down on us during our weekend rehearsals and we spill out onto the steps at the front of the halls during our breaks to soak up the sun. I cannot think of a better way to spend two months this summer than singing with the Community Opera.


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