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Brummy songstress lands two major opera roles this summer

SONGSTRESS: Abigail Kelly

BIRMINGHAM’S OWN songstress Abigail Kelly has a busy summer ahead as she takes the lead roles in two major opera productions – one in her home town and the second three days later at an opera festival in London.

The award-winning soprano returns to Birmingham to star in Rossini’s masterpiece The Thieving Magpie, which is being staged at the Crescent Theatre in Sheepcote Street from Wednesday July 15 to Saturday 18.

The darkly comic two-act production will be sung in English with a captivating score that has featured widely in films such as A Clockwork Orange, One Upon a Time in America and numerous TV commercials.

Kelly, who trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, leaving with a first class honours degree, plays the feisty heroine Ninetta, a plucky servant girl.

Then, three days later Kelly will transform herself into Nanny of the Maroons, Jamaica’s only female national hero as she takes the lead role in Sacred Mountain.

The opera, written and composed by British-Jamaican composer Dr Shirley Thompson, has its world premiere at this year’s staging of Tete a Tete, the largest contemporary opera festival in Europe, which is being held this year in London.

Sacred Mountain will be staged on July 21 and 22 at The Place Theatre, Duke’s Road, as part of the festival which is based at King’s Cross.

Sacred Mountain will take the audience on a psychological journey with Nanny as she prepares to go into battle with British soldiers. Opera creator Thompson wanted to be true to the spirit of the national heroine, visiting Maroon settlements in Accompong and Moore Town to learn about their way of life.

She plans to take her production all over the world, including of course Jamaica, once there is sponsorship.

For more information about The Thieving Magpie, contact 0121 444 6842.

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