Blackheath Halls Opera

Feedback from participants

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Every participant in the 2014 Blackheath Halls Opera was sent a feedback form by Project Manager Rose and below is a selection of feedback we have received so far. If you haven’t yet sent in your feedback form or would like to write a blog post about your experience of taking part, please contact me at h.zebregs@trinitylaban.ac.uk.

We were delighted that he professional singers let us know how much they had enjoyed taking part in our opera.

Adult participants on taking part in Blackheath Halls Opera:

• ‘How can something so important be so much fun?’
• ‘Professional standards on a shoestring budget and does exactly what it says on the tin.’
• ‘I love the opportunity of being in a professionally run, fully staged production and cannot see what other opportunity I would have to do so.’
• ‘A veritable feast, but what will live in my memory is a huge swell of love and enjoyment of everyone singing their heart out and giving to the absolute maximum. It was a rare perfect blend of delight for both participants AND audience: a big thanks to all involved in such hard work.’
• ‘Full operatic production experience to the high standards set by Blackheath Halls is not easy to come by in London, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s local to me and so thrilling to be part of.’
• ‘The soloists were superb – not a weak link among them and if I hear that Act 2 trio as well sung as that ever again I shall consider myself very lucky.’
• ‘My life would be so unbearably boring & meaningless without this glorious joy of music making.’

The primary school children:

• ‘I am not a big fan of opera but performing it was one of the most fun and exciting things I have ever done. I loved singing with the professional singers. Also, I felt like someone famous in the rehearsal performing for our teachers and I couldn’t wait until the big day.’
• ‘What I enjoyed most about the Opera was the singing because it was really fun to learn and sing in a new genre and I was also very dramatic. For the costumes I really enjoyed using the sewing machine and stitching by hand. Lastly I really enjoyed designing the costumes.’
• ‘I loved learning the history of the nuns and designing a nun’s costume was amazing. I loved learning new songs. I think we were lucky to be able to do it. The best parts that I will never forget was the storm scene because I loved every bit of it. My class and myself will miss doing it.’
Parent of primary school pupil who took part:
• ‘Thank you enormously for giving my son, and all of his classmates at St Margaret’s, the most fantastic opportunity to take part in Count Ory. We enjoyed it immensely – as did he, as well as appreciating what an important part he and his peers were playing. …’

The professional singers:

• ‘Over the thirty plus years of being in my chosen profession, I have not lost my somewhat childlike joy of creating musical theatre with other people and I consider myself extremely fortunate and privileged to have been a small part of the BH Count Ory. A view that seems to be shared by so many of the participants!!’ – Steven Page, who performed the role of The Tutor
• ‘Sad @blackheathopera is over as was an immense pleasure to be involved with a wonderful community, hopefully we have inspired the children!’ Anna Devin, who performed the role of Countess Adele (via Twitter)
• ‘Community opera doesn’t get better than this.’ Nicholas Sharratt, who performed the role of Count Ory (via Twitter)

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