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Media Contact: Lori Gertz, USA (630) 915-1529, [email protected]
4th Annual International Tour, Chamber Opera Chicago to Deliver Professional Opera in
Intimate Settings in Scotland and UK this Summer 2016
“There is perfect synchronicity between the cast and the impressive chamber orchestra. One of the
most striking observations for Austen fans is Barbara Landis’ commitment to retaining much original
dialogue which is complemented superbly by Austen’s favourite music and luxurious costumes. There
are a great many highlights to this performance – not least the rousing sailor songs which
demonstrate the vocal talents of the entire company and treat us to Irish tap routines of the highest
order.” Joshua Clarke, Broadway Baby, 4-star review featured in the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Chamber Opera Chicago, a professional not-for-profit opera company devoted to making great opera and
musical theatre affordable, is excited to be performing its original musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s
PERSUASION throughout the UK and Scotland this summer.
“This is a big budget show with fabulous costumes and incredibly detailed projection on the backdrop
to show changes in location, time and weather. The cast were undeniably talented, with some
incredibly strong voices on show in both solo and group numbers, and the band were faultless. The
narrative stayed very faithful to the original book, was easy to follow without ever feeling clunky, and
the script contained enough detail to properly establish each scene and character in full.” Steve
Griffin, Edinburgh 49
PERSUASION, which has toured multiple UK and US cities over the last four years, is one of Jane Austen's
most admired novels – the story of a woman who has lost at love and gets a second chance. The Summer 2016
production will be touring with 40 artists - singers, dancers, and orchestra members - and will be presenting
performances in Aberdeen, Stirling, York, Stratford Upon Avon, London and Lyme Regis from July 16-30th.
“No 'Persuasion' needed to see this Chicago treat...Chamber Opera Chicago's production was a treat
for the eyes and ears...astounding!” Emily Scotcher, Isle of Wight County Press
2016 International Tour Dates
July 16 - Tivoli Theatre - Aberdeen 7:30 pm (£16 general admission/£14 concessions)
July 19 - Macrobert Arts Center- University of Stirling 7:30 pm (£12 general admission/£10 concessions/£5
July 22 - Joseph Rowntree Theatre - York 7:30 pm (£12 general admission/£8 concessions)
July 24 - Stratford Arts House – Stratford - Upon - Avon 7:30 pm (£12 general admission/£10 concessions)
July 27 - Shaw Theatre - London 7:30 pm (£22 general admission/£20 concessions)
July 29/30 - Marine Theatre - Lyme Regis (£11 general admission/£9 concessions)
“The vocal performances were so powerful they pushed you backwards into your seat while
successfully able to convey the romance that you always seem to find in Jane Austen’s novels.”
Suzanne Day, In Suffolk
With adaptation by Barbara Landis, this fully staged production features a chamber orchestra with Celtic and
period instruments, authentic costuming and sets, beautiful projected scenery, and world-champion Irish
dancers from the Trinity Irish Dance Company.
This widely acclaimed stage production features Stage Direction by Nick Sandys (British Director/Actor,
Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago) assisted by Kyle Dougan, Musical Direction by Linda Madonia,
Choreography by Sara Stewart Schumann and Projected Scenery Design by John Boesche.
“I was totally blown away by one of the best evening’s entertainment I’ve had at the beautifully
restored Regency Theatre Royal.” John Bottle, Bury Free Press
Written at the height of her literary career, PERSUASION is one of the most compelling love stories ever
penned. Anne Elliot has rejected a proposal of marriage from the one man she truly loved, Captain Frederick
Wentworth. She was persuaded by her godmother that Captain Wentworth was unworthy, but after a separation
of nearly a decade, he returns from sea with both rank and fortune. Anne is nearly an old maid and her once rich
family faces bankruptcy. Can Anne win him back? Can he forgive her? Can their lost love be rekindled?
Don't miss this authentic rendering of Jane Austen's novel that will transport you back in time! Performances at
Tivoli Theatre - Aberdeen, Macrobert Arts Centre - Stirling, Joseph Rowntree Theatre - York, Stratford Arts
House - Stratford Upon Avon, Shaw Theatre - London, and the Marine Theatre - Lyme Regis. Performances
begin at 19:30 and offer tickets with or without concession. For more press information or ticket links go to
http::// A link to a video preview of the 2016 show is HERE.