Music Theatre 2000 offers candlelit night of operatic favourites in Brighton

Music Theatre 2000 offers A Night at the Opera on Sunday, September 13, at Emporium, 88 London Road, Brighton.

The programme has been put together by Simon Gray, who directs from the piano.

Simon said: “The candlelit performance will feature many operatic favourites, as well as a number of not-so-often-heard pieces. The programme includes arias and ensembles from La Traviata, Carmen, Rigoletto, Lakme, Cosi fan Tutte, La Boheme, La Rondine, The Pearl Fishers, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and many more.”

The cast includes Margaret Pearman (soprano), who has sung with the Royal Opera, The Israeli Opera, London Opera Players, English Festival Opera; Gavin Sayers (tenor), who has appeared with Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Christopher Parke (baritone), who has sung with The Royal Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English Festival Opera, Opera Brava; Karen Orchin (soprano), who has sung with English Festival Opera and Regency Opera; and local soprano Veronica Brooks.

Also performing will be Iwona Januszajtis (mezzo soprano), a Polish singer who studied in the UK at Trinty College of Music. She has appeared all over the UK with companies, including Wexford Festival Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Pegasus Opera, Regency Opera and Opera Brava. She is also in demand as a concert singer and has performed in many oratorios, including performances at the Royal Navy Chapel, Southwark; Guildford Cathedral, Westminster Catherdral and St John’s Smith Square. Iwona was the guest soloist for the World Cup Qualifier Poland versus England at Wembley Stadium.

Simon has worked as a conductor with English Festival Opera, the Carl Rosa Opera, European Chamber Opera, English Country Garden Opera, Opera Holland Park, at Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and St John’s Smith Square.

Tickets are £22.50, which includes a welcome drink and a buffet supper, and are available from

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