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Enjoy stunning music in the spectacular setting of Belcombe Court this Summer

If Opera (formerly Iford Arts) offers all the ingredients for the perfect summer’s evening this August and September.  The critically acclaimed company will be based for its 2022 Season in the breathtaking grounds of Grade-1 listed Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon. Audiences are invited to explore the gardens and enjoy a picnic with friends and family before heading into the Saddlespan Theatre for the evening’s performance.

Belcombe Court stands in 60 acres of formal gardens, parkland and woodland. The gardens blend  restored eighteenth-century features – Rotunda, grotto, ornamental pond – with contemporary additions such as the infinity pool and terrace, set high above the walled garden with stunning views of the  valley below.

From heartbreak to humour, there’s something for everyone

 

Puccini’s La rondine (‘the swallow’) tells the tale of Magda, who leaves behind a life of Parisian luxury to make a new life with Ruggero, the shy country boy with whom she falls in love. The music is irresistibly romantic, with waltzes, foxtrots, and soaring melodies, but can the love affair last? 

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Performances on 26 & 29 August, and 1 & 3 September.

 

Donizetti’s Rita could not be more different! As the opera opens the tyrannical wife of Peppe is shocked by the return of her former husband Gasparo whom she thought was dead (in fact he had run away to escape her tyranny). Gasparo is back to collect Rita’s death certificate so he can remarry – because he, in turn, thought she had died. Peppe sees that Gasparo’s return might provide the perfect opportunity for him to escape! Glittering throughout with Donizetti’s trademark vivacity and wit, it’s no surprise that Rita continues to be so popular.

 

Il segreto di Susanna (Susanna’s Secret) is a more innocent comedy. Conte Gil returns home to the smell of tobacco and suspects his beautiful wife Susanna has a lover. The outrageous ways in which Gil seeks to uncover the truth while Susanna tries desperately to conceal her real secret, produce a riotous evening suffused with some absolutely gorgeous music.

Performances on 27 & 31 August.

 

An interactive family show 

The Man in the Moon sweeps audiences off on a whistle-stop tour through space and time marvelling at human invention from the Stone Age through to the present day, while also exploring our impact on the planet and inspiring us to do our bit to protect it.  Explore the gardens before the show and get stuck into the free prop-making workshops where you can make your own time-machine and goggles.  

 

Discover more events and the full programme at ifopera.com

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To book tickets for any of the If Opera performances visit ifopera.com or call the Bath Box Office on 01225 463 362

Iford Arts Limited
15 Market Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LL

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Picnic Prom with ‘The Clare Teal Seven’

19th August

Gardens open at 1730 with main performance on stage at 1945

Venue: Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1LZ

Tickets £42 

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Puccini’s La rondine

26 | 29 August 1 | 3 September

Gardens open at 1700 for picnics with performance at 1900

Venue: Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1LZ

 

Tickets from £40 - Under 18’s go free - enquire at the box office

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Donizetti’s Rita & Wolf Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna

27 | 31 August 

Gardens open at 1700 for picnics with performance at 1900

Venue: Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1LZ

 

Tickets from £39 - Under 18’s go free - enquire at the box office

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The Man in the Moon 

A family show with the Charles Court Opera 

28 August 

Performance 1 at 1315

Performance 2 at 1645 

Gardens open before for exploration and interactive prop making workshops

Venue: Belcombe Court, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1LZ

 

Adults £19

Children £9

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

A family show with the Charles Court Opera 

17 September

Performance 1 at 5.30pm

Performance 2 at 8pm

Venue: Holy trinity Church, Bradford On Avon, Ba15 1LW

 

Tickets from £24

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