Rossini’s La gazzetta or Il matrimonio per concorso

7:00pm | 24 June 2014 | Britten Theatre

Donald Maxwell director
Nigel Hook designer
Michael Rosewell conductor
John Bishop lighting designer

Following on from last summer’s hit production of Offenbach’s La vie parisienne, the RCM International Opera School once again offers up an entertaining and tuneful comic rarity.

Rossini’s La gazzetta or Il matrimonio per concorso (“The Newspaper” or “The Marriage Contest”) centres on Don Pomponio’s desperate search for a suitable husband for his flirtatious daughter. Is a newspaper advertisement really the best way to do that? Surely it can only lead to confusion – and to some wonderful singing, of course…

To direct, we’re absolutely delighted to be working once again with Donald Maxwell, one of Britain’s best-loved comic singers, who created our hugely acclaimed production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in 2012.

Performances of La gazzetta are also taking place on the 25, 27 and 28 June.

Tickets: £10, £20, £30, £40


I hope you’re enjoying the hot summer days wherever you may be in this time of the year. In England we have an unusually lovely sunny days indeed. I have lately been rehearsing with the Chelmsford City Opera and we’re having an open air performance this Sunday, the 28 July 2013 of The Magic Flute, sung in English. Everyone is welcome!

It tells the story of Tamino who undergoes various trials in order to demonstrate his love for Pamina. I will sing the role of Sarastro, the head of the Temple of the light, who symbolises the enlightened sovereign who rules according to the principles based on reason, wisdom, and nature (I will, of course, kidnap Pamina only to then have a fight with her mother – the Queen of the Night!).

Hopefully the evening will still be warm and together with Mozart, who is the master of the comedy through music, and myself as Sarastro with a stunning surroundings of the Hylands House (a grade II listed country house spectacularly restored to its former 18th century glory) we will create a magnificent summer atmosphere for all!

Please see all the details in the poster below. I would be delighted to see you there!

Enjoy the summer and see you soon!