Friday 16 June 2017

Theatre-goers gave University of Northampton students a standing ovation after they performed an opera for the very first time – and you can watch it, below.

Popular Music undergraduates, together with fellow students from the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, performed Henry Purcell’s heart-breaking love story, Dido and Aeneas, at Northampton’s Royal Theatre on Saturday 10 June.

The performance was recorded, and can be viewed further down the page.

Musical Director and Choir Master, Jasmine Shadrack, who is Senior Lecturer in Popular Music at the University, said: “What else can I say other that the opera was a complete triumph? My choir, soloists and band exceeded everyone’s expectations and I am beyond proud of every single of one them.

“And it was quite right that my leading lady, Stacey Pierre, received a standing ovation for her beautiful portrayal of Dido.

“This was our first time ever at The Royal Theatre and it was completely sold out. I am officially in love with the place; it’s a stunning theatre with such a brilliant team to work with. I have already provisionally pencilled in a date for next year – but you’ll have to wait and see what our next adventure is.”

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