Opera Out And About

A six-part series in which Peter Hobday travels around the country visiting some of the smaller companies which struggle against the odds to bring opera to local communities.

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In this programme he visits Loughborough Festival Opera in Gloucestershire, the brainchild of Martin Graham.

This year, in a converted chicken shed, they are staging the first two parts of Wagner's `Ring Cycle'.

: Loughborough Festival Opera in Gloucestershire, brainchild of Martin Graham.

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Peter Hobday continues his six-part exploration of Britain's smaller opera companies. 2: Opera Box who perform Mozart's `Don Giovanni' in a leisure centre outside Swansea and in the open air at Kenilworth Castle.

Peter Hobday continues his six-part exploration of Britain's smaller opera companies.

In this second programme he goes on tour with Opera Box, who perform Mozart's `Don Giovanni' in a leisure centre outside Swansea and in the open air at Kenilworth Castle.

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Peter Hobday continues his six-part exploration of Britain's smaller opera companies.

In this third programme, he visits the Grange Park Opera near Winchester, where the conductor Wasfi Kani has created an operatic idyll in the grounds of a derelict mansion.

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Peter Hobday continues his six-part exploration of Britain's smaller opera companies.

In this fourth programme, he visits Sherborne School, where Dorset Opera holds its annual two-week opera course, bringing together professionals, students and locals.

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Peter Hobday continues his six-part exploration of Britain's smaller opera companies.

5: He hears Opera Restor'd perform at the Deal Festival in Kent and discovers why the people of Deal are so enthusiastic about the forgotten operas of the 18th century.

He hears Opera Restor'd perform at the Deal Festival in Kent and hears about the problems of recreating the past in village halls and local theatres.

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He travels to Cromarty, near Inverness, with the Scottish Opera-Go-Round - seven singers and a piano touring Scotland with Donizetti's `Don Pasquale'.

Peter Hobday concludes his six-part exploration of Britain's smaller opera companies. He travels to Cromarty, near Inverness, with the Scottish Opera-Go-Round - seven singers and a piano touring Scotland with Donizetti's `Don Pasquale'.