Socially distanced opera performance held in park
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A socially distanced crowd gathered in Woodbridge this weekend to enjoy an evening of opera.
A performance of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore or the Love Potion was given in Elmhurst Park.
The opera tells the story of a peasant who falls in love with a wealthy woman and attempts to win her over with a special potion.
The performance was sung entirely in Italian with English narration.
The event was quickly put together in July to help performers, many of whom have been out of work since March but also to provide some light entertainment to the people of the town.
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“We thought about it at the end of June,” said producer Lady Caroline Blois.
“We wanted to have live music for Woodbridge. We wanted to have something fun.”
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Lady Caroline and her team were able to quickly assemble soloists and a group of musicians to play accompany them.
The team also had to put into place strict social distancing measures for performers and attendees which proved to be rather difficult.
It was all worth the effort in the end according to Lady Caroline.
“It was an absolutely perfect evening,” she said.
“I’ve had so many emails of appreciation.”