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Carmen – perfect performance in a perfect setting

Myself and my guests had such a wonderful time at Ugbrooke House last night watching Carmen performed by the New Devon Opera. As a sponsor, Rokk Media (who built and donated their website), were treated royally as VIP guests of chairwoman – Linda Hughes. Excellent hospitality aside (which was truly superb), the opera was breathtaking. If you’ve never experienced the power and passion of a live opera accompanied by a full orchestra you will have to travel a great distance indeed to see anything as good as this.

We saw Carmen performed in the gorgeous grounds of Ugbrooke House, home to Lord and Lady Clifton (whom we sat beside) – a perfect setting. In a massive 500 seater marquee, complete with chandeliers where we were fortunate to have front-row seats. Half way through the first half performance a part of the marquee was thrown open to allow the sun to stream in from across the rolling countryside. Minutes later a pony and trap trotted in through the side transporting a member of the cast. A lovely moment which drew lots of oohs from the crowd.

During the interval we sat outside watching the sun sun set behind the Devon trees with a delicious picnic provided by The Elizabethan restaurant of Newton Abbot.

After the finale we were invited back in to Ugbrooke House to meet the cast and crew who were really lovely and welcoming. Given they’d just spent the last two hours singing their hearts out we thought it was very gracious of them. A fitting end to a magical evening of profesional first class opera.

Carmen is performing tonight (23 July 2011) for one more time at Ugbrooke House but will be playing in a few days time at a venue in Dartmouth and then on to Budleigh Salterton for the end of it’s six performances.

If you have even the slightest interest in opera or classical music I urge you to book tickets as soon as possible to see Carmen. You really won’t be disappointed and all proceeds go to supporting local art and Sense, a local charity for deaf/blind children.

Further details can be found at the website: http://www.newdevonopera.co.uk

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