Chuka Umunna MP commented on Pegasus Opera Company’s forthcoming concert ‘A Symphony of Voices’
As one of its newest Patrons, I’m so pleased to be able to promote the inspiring work of Pegasus Opera Company. The Symphony of Voices performance on 13 October, this Black History Month, will showcase the exceptional talent the Company has been able to nurture, an example of its long history promoting diversity, and multi-racial productions in the opera world and the arts more broadly. I also hope it will also draw wider attention to the arts education work Pegasus undertakes in the community to encourage diversity in the arts – Chuka Umunna MP
Pegasus Opera is embarking on a new Era after 24 years of staging pioneering productions both locally, nationally and internationally. This event sees the start of Pegasus Opera presenting exciting new shows with the run up of its 25th Year in 2017.
A Symphony of Voices features outstanding international opera singers in the UK including Gweneth Ann Rand (Soprano); Anne Fridal (Dramatic Mezzo); Ronald Samm (Tenor); Byron Jackson (Baritone) & Waiyin Lee (Accompanist). The evening promises a celebration of great inspiring music (Arias, Duets, Quartets, etc) from Operas, penned by the great composers like Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni, Gershwin and Negro Spirituals, among others and to include audience participation.
‘Pegasus has led the way in creating opportunities for ethnic minorities’ The Independent
Pegasus Opera is the leading multi-racial touring Opera Company in the U.K. and was founded in 1992 by its current Artistic Director, Lloyd Newton. The Patrons are Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Kristin Lewis and Chuka Umunna MP. The Company creates opportunities for black professional singers from diverse backgrounds to develop and perform in high-quality and innovative opera productions and arts education work. Past productions were sell out shows and received critical acclaim; they include Carmen, Magic Flute, I Pagliacci on National Tours, Porgy and Bess at the Barbican Concert Hall, Delius’ Koanga at London’s Sadler’s Wells and Treemonisha at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre and UK tour.
‘Pegasus Opera is fast approaching its 25th Year in the world of Opera, a truly exciting time. This celebration for Black History month is the first of many to come, culminating in our 25th Year Celebration next year. Our proposed commission projects in raising awareness of Black Heroes and Heroines; our plans for organisational capacity building, developing new audiences for Opera, is a time for growth within our communities local and national levels, and we invite you to join us on this new and exciting venture of Pegasus Opera for the next 25 years’ Lloyd Newton, Artistic Director, Pegasus Opera Company
Symphony of Voices at 7pm with a drinks reception at 8.30pm on Thursday 13 October at the Actors Church Covent Garden, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED. Tickets £20.
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