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Turandot 2012


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Where other non-pro companies fear to tread, Midland Opera goes with aplomb!
Chorus and Principals, designers, builders, painters, orchestra and extras all worked with tenacity and passion and the result was a memorable one. MD, James Longstaffe and Producer/Director, Sarah Helsby-Hughes gave experience which left our members wanting more!
Download the full programme here: Turandot

Download earlier programmes at the foot of the page.
Or visit A Rich History for a full list of previous productions

TURANDOT - Princess - Serafiina Sainio & Gudrun Livingstone
CALAF - The Unknown Prince - John Upperton & Richard Owen
LIU - A servant to Timur - Lorraine Payne & Kirsten Barker
TIMUR - An exiled Emperor, father to Calaf - John Kiefert
THE EMPOROR ALTOUM - Father to Turandot - Clive Thursfield
PING - Grand Chancellor of China - Ian McFarlane
PANG – supreme lord of provisions - Robert Jenkins
PONG – supreme head of royal kitchens - Dale Harris
A MANDARIN - Devon Harrison
Reduced score by Phil Ypres-Smith for Midland Opera.
Orchestra Players of the Queens Park Sinfonia

Musical Director James Longstaffe
Producer/ Director Sarah Helsby-Hughes
Production Co-ordination Richard Bowley
Stage Designer Jemima Bruntlet
Costumes Emma Skinner, Pam Davies, and members of the chorus
Props Steve Miller
Set Realisation Trevor Woodford
Construction Jemima Bruntlett, Trevor Woodford, David Conway, & Malcolm Oakes
Stage Manager Robert Taylor
Lighting Co-ordination Crescent Theatre


Family-owned Rex Johnson & Sons Jewellers teamed up with Midland Opera in October to support what is usually among the largest-scale shows in the repertoire. TURANDOT.
Famous for its aria 'Nessun Dorma', which has gained pop classic status, Turandot was sung in English, and ran from October 9 to 13 at the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham.
Midland Opera members, cast and all extend their personal thanks to Rex JOhnson for making Turandot a success.
David Johnson, Managing Director of Rex Johnson & Sons (shown right, with Lorraine Payne) added: “As a long-standing patron of the arts, we were delighted to sponsor an event that is sure to be of interest to our valued customers and helps to bring opera to a wider audience.”


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13 of our Previous Productions – Click on an icon to download the appropriate programme pdf.
2015 The Thieving Magpie 2014 The Magic Flute 2013 The Elixir of Love
2012 Turandot 2011 Jack Faust & Sister Angelica 2010 Tales_of_Hoffmann
2009 Macbeth 2008 Carmen 2007 A Masked Ball
2006 Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci 2005 Eugene Onegin 2004 La Clemenza di Tito
2003 The Medium
...For a full list back to 1946 see the How it all began page.
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