Church hall is the venue for a night at the opera

Young Opera Venture's first ever tour of The Marriage of Figaro.
Young Opera Venture's first ever tour of The Marriage of Figaro.

A church hall in a Doncaster village is the unlikely setting for a professional opera performance this week.

Sleepy Sprotbrough will come alive to the sounds of arias by Bizet and Mozart on Friday evening when a fledgling Yorkshire arts company, which aims to take opera to places that rarely get to see it live, dips its toe in the water in Doncaster.

St Mary’s Church Hall is the venue for Young Opera Venture’s first Opera Appetizers concert as the company looks to see whether there is a potential audience for opera in the borough.

The concert will feature extracts from Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Cosi fan Tutte, and scenes from The Merry Wives of Windsor by Nicolai.

Jane Anthony, who has started Young Opera Venture, said: “We want to introduce this beautiful art form to people who have never heard it before. I’m particularly keen that young people should hear these concerts. Our performers are mostly in their 20s and I think they’ll really connect with young people in our audiences.”

Young Opera Venture is a not-for-profit organisation which also aims to help young performers, fresh from music college, become established.

Earlier this year, Young Opera Venture’s first tour featured Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro which was performed in Barnsley, Wakefield, Middlesbrough and Huddersfield.

“The Marriage of Figaro tour was a real success for us. We think we can build audiences in places that rarely get to see opera. It will take time, but we’re optimistic,” said singing teacher Jane.

“We’re not doing this for financial gain. We just think more people deserve to hear opera and we want to give them the opportunity to fall in love with it.

“Now we’re taking our Opera Appetizers show to various places across the north of England.”

The tour starts at Sprotbrough on Friday at 7pm before moving to Headingley, Leeds, on Saturday and Bishop Auckland Town Hall in Co Durham on Sunday, June 23.

Tickets for the Sprotbrough date cost £15 and include a buffet. Call 01302 853 363.

For more information go to Young Opera Venture or see the promotional film at YouTube