Accessible, Engaging Opera for Intimate Rural Venues
Grassroots Opera, founded by Soprano Chloe Stratta and Mezzo Soprano Anna Marie McLachlan, are a new company of young professional singers passionate about bringing opera to rural locations. We present engaging and accessible operatic productions in intimate settings, in its original language, with an exciting cast and creative team of emerging young professional artists.
Our project for 2018 is Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice; our debut performances took place in two churches in East Devon (Kilmington and Uplyme) in February.
Orfeo ed Euridice, with its plot originating in Greek mythology, focuses upon the grief of Orfeo at the loss of his wife Euridice, and his journey into the underworld when given by Amore (the personification of love) one last chance to retrieve her from eternal bliss. But is there more pain to be had in fighting nature? Can Euridice really be brought back, or has Orfeo been driven mad by grief? In this production, Grassroots Opera explore the lines between love and obsession, reality and imagination.
“A stunningly good performance of O & E. We so enjoyed it. Excellent performance – superb singing; a very interesting production which was most effective! Congratulations to the excellent pianist who gave a marathon performance. Many thanks!”
“I enjoyed it so much – I thought the staging was really clever, and you presented it all in a really engaging and accessible way.”
“A terrific show: elegantly choreographed and impressively performed by all four of you.”
“I’m not a traditional opera-goer, but I saw this was being put on by young people, so I thought I’d go along. The whole thing was wonderful! the singers were incredibly talented and the simple set and staging were so effective. It didn’t even matter that the singing was in Italian as the programme had a synopsis which was easy to follow as the story progressed. It was entertaining and moving , and I left feeling very cultured and ready to explore more classical music!”