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Manchester. Gluck's rarely-heard Paride ed Elena (Paris and Helen) will receive three performances by the Royal Manchester College of Music on November 27-9 in a new English version by Arthur Jacobs. Michael Brierley will conduct and Sheila Barlow will be the producer.
Intimate Opera. Stephen Manton has been appointed Artistic Director of the enterprise with the following new company: Judith Stubbs, Erica Johns (sopranos), Duncan Robertson, Bernard Dickerson (tenors), Donald Francke, Peter Leeming (baritones). Courtney Kenny is repetiteur and chief accompanist, assisted by Margaret Veal.
Joseph Horovitz, who was the Assistant Musical Director, has resigned his position, to the great regret of the company, but Antony Hopkins is to continue as a director of the Company and as music adviser.
Productions this season include The Dumb Wife (Joseph Horovitz), In a Garden (Myer Kupferman), Une Education Manquee (Chabrier), which in the company's translation by Anthony Besch and Joseph Horovitz will be known as The Elements of Love. Douglas Craig, Eric Shilling and Anthony Besch are the producers. INTIMATE OPERA. Triple bill of The Dumb Wife (Horovitz), In a Garden (Kupferman), The Elements of Love (Chabrier). November 12 South Shields, Marine and Technical College; 14 University of Keele, Staffs; 15 Hope Valley College, Derbyshire; 16 Newcastleon-Tyne, Northern Sinfonia Orchestra Members' Concert; 28 Culcheth Concerts Club, near Warrington; 30 Yarmouth Town Hall
A Streamlined 'Magic Flute'. What is described as a 'new staged version' of The Magic Flute is being given at the Baths Hall. Epsom. at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, November 30. It is being presented by the Epsom Symphony Orchestral Society in association with the London Opera Group (director: Norman Lilly). The opera will be conducted by John Clifford Gale. The presentation, devised and directed by John Furniss, is intended to present Mozart's opera to a local and 'popular' audience and to give the complete work in a streamlined and simplified way without the 'prohibitive' costs of large quantities of scenery, costumes and professionals' rehearsal time.
The principal characters will be seen in costume in a series of tableaux on a large apron-type stage in three different areas lit in turn, against a cyclorama on to which lighting and special effects can be projected.