Singers sought for opera inspired by Sunderland’s love of football

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Could you hit the high note in an Opera for Sunderland?

The hunt is on for pitch-perfect participants to sing in an opera inspired by the city’s passion for SAFC.

If you can chant at the Stadium of Light, you can come and have a go at singing.

Alison Barton

Free workshops will be staged next month for people interested in taking part in the opera, which is being penned by award-winning Skellig author David Almond.

Sunderland-born opera singer and creative director Alison Barton explains: “Anyone can sing, just like anyone can kick a ball.

“We bring experts from the world of opera to share their skills with the local community – we can teach people to sing, just like a good coach can teach ball control.

“And just like having a kick around with your mates, singing together makes you feel good. We’re holding free singing workshops and open auditions this summer and what I’d say to anyone who thinks opera’s not for them is, ‘if you can chant at the Stadium of Light, you can come and have a go at singing!’”

The free singing roadshows take place between June 13 and 20 and are aimed at anyone thinking of giving singing a go for the first time, or regular singers who fancy trying something different.

Leading opera singers Emily Smith and David Pisaro will give a whistle-stop tour of one of the world’s most famous operas, Carmen, and participants will get a sneak preview of An Opera for Sunderland ahead of its première this autumn.

Venues hosting the workshops are St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, Red House; Whitburn Parish Hall; Hylton Castle Working Men’s Club and HOPS Quaker Meeting House, in Roker.

For timings and to sign up for the free singing workshops, or open auditions in July, visit www.musicintheminster.org.uk.