The Magic Flute Oakham Castle, Rutland, Great Easton Village Hall and Dingley Church, near Market Harborough.   Opera Minima

The Magic Flute

Nov 2013 - Magic Flute in unexpected places


Friday 8 November in The Great Hall of Oakham Castle at 7.00 pm. SOLD OUT

Sunday 10 November in Great Easton Village Hall at 7.00 pm.SOLD OUT

Saturday 16 November in Dingley Church for Music at Dingley at 7.30 pm. SOLD OUT 

See Music at Dingley re tickets for this performance and lots of information about Music at Dingley.


Tickets for Oakham and Great Easton £15 available from August 5th

online from WeGotTickets

in person from Oakham Castle or Great Easton shop (cheque to Opera Minima or cash)

by post from S Hartle, 26, St Peter's Court, Northampton NN1 1SH

phone 01604 230 584 (weekday evenings only)


The Magic Flute is supported by Arts Council England 


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ~ Gillian Leftwich

MUSIC DIRECTOR ~ Nicholas Bosworth



Queen of Night ~ Luci Briginshaw

Pamina ~ Donna Bateman

Tamino ~ Joe Morgan

Sarastro ~ Timothy Dawkins

Ladies ~ Abigail Kelly, Sarah Champion, Kristin Finnigan 

Monostatos ~ Patrick Ashcroft

Papagena ~  Lorna Bridge

Papageno ~ Matthew Kellett

Donna Bateman is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Recent engagements include three title roles - Rusalka and Susannah for ETO and Treemonisha (Scott Joplin) for Pegasus Opera. She sang Elettra Idomeneo for the adventurous Birmingham Opera Company directed by Graham Vick in a disused rubber factory. Donna covered Pamina for Garsington Opera.

Joe Morgan sang Alfredo La Traviata last year in a Malaysian tour and also for Merry Opera. He appears again with Merry in 2013 as Tamino. Other recent roles include Pinkerton, Nemorino, Jupiter Semele and Defendant for Opera Minima in Oakham Castle.

Tomothy Dawkins sings regularly with Grange Park Opera and roles include Sparafucile (Rigoletto), Surin (Queen of Spades), Angelotti (Tosca), Der Haushofmeister (Capriccio) Badger/Parson (Cunning Little Vixen) and Ashby (La Fanciulla Del West). He will sing Baron Duphol (La Traviata) in 2014.

Abigail Kelly has sung numerous roles for the prestigious English Touring Opera in works including Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Tobias and the Angel, Rusalka and AMND. Her work with ETO has included education projects in prisons and many schools. 

Sarah Champion was spotted by Minima's Artistic Director at Buxton Festival. Sarah was a member of the Festival Company and covering Iphis in Handel's Jeptha. Her appearances include title role Dido and Aeneas in Spain, Spirit Dido and Aeneas in Italy and Solo Ragazza Linda da Chamounix (Donizetti) for the Royal Opera House.  

Kristin Finnigan is this year also singing Third Lady for Merry Opera in a 12 venue tour ranging from Great Yarmouth to Exmouth and including Bath, Henley and 2 London venues. She is singing with Wexford Opera this autumn and, together with our Tamino, will drive through the night to reach Great Easton in time for our first stage rehearsal.

Matthew Kellett is much in demand for the comedy roles in G & S operettas. As Usher in Minima's Trial by Jury at Oakham Castle in 2011, he wooed both the audience and the (female) Counsel. Matthew's other roles include Sacristan Tosca and Schaunard La Boheme for Charles Court Opera, both Morales and Dancairo Carmen for Impact Opera and Martino L'occasione fa il ladro for Opera Minima.

Patrick Ashcroft has mainly taken romantic tenor roles - Don Ramiro La Cenerentola , Nemorino L'elisir d'amore, Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Fenton Falstaff (for Grange Park Opera) and Bertrando L'inganno felice (Rossini)for Opera Minima. He has also been known to take character roles such as Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro and gave a very convincing Elvis impression during recent Minima community workshops.

Luci Briginshaw is a rising star in the opera world, and she has already sung Queen twice - for New London Opera Players and Mantissa Opera. Other roles this year are Violetta with Opera Loki and Leila The Pearl Fishers

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