Pais­ley mu­sic group hits a bum note

Opera Bamba can­cel two con­certs after mem­bers drop out

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ken­neth Speirs

A trou­bled Pais­ley opera com­pany has been hit by an­other blow.

Opera Bamba, which was founded in 2016 by Pais­ley stu­dent Mathew Oliver, has been forced to can­cel its two up­com­ing per­for­mances be­cause of dif­fi­cul­ties with cast mem­bers.

Last year, what was to be its in­au­gu­ral show – a per­for­mance of Puc­cini’s La bo­heme – was can­celled for the same rea­son.

Mr Oliver said: “A cou­ple of peo­ple dropped out at the last minute and it was too late to re­place them.

“After seven months of plan­ning, it is hugely dis­ap­point­ing.”

Mr Oliver said the lat­est set­back led him to con­sider clos­ing Opera Bamba al­to­gether.

“But we have done some con­certs that have gone down well, so we’ll have to wait and see,” he added.

The com­pany was founded with the aim of bring­ing opera to Pais­ley and the sur­round­ing area, and hopes were high it would con­trib­ute to Pais­ley’s bid to be­come UK City of Cul­ture 2021.

Opera Bamba was started to give emerg­ing singers and pro­duc­tion crew the chance to work in a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment and the op­por­tu­nity to per­form full-length op­eras on stage.

The com­pany was hop­ing to de­velop and grow, par­tic­u­larly by en­cour­ag­ing the in­volve­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion in opera and the per­form­ing arts in gen­eral, as well as out­reach projects and col­lab­o­ra­tion with other lo­cal arts groups.

The two per­for­mances that have been can­celled are a con­cert of opera hits, due to take place this Satur­day, and a staged per­for­mance of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, at the end of Novem­ber, both at Holy Trin­ity & St Barn­abas’ Church, in Pais­ley.

Opera has seen a resur­gence in Pais­ley re­cently.

As well as Opera Bamba, new com­pany Pais­ley Opera has come on the scene and will give a per­for­mance in Pais­ley Abbey in De­cem­ber of a show based on the in­fa­mous witch tri­als that the town ex­pe­ri­enced in the 17th cen­tury.

It will use witch-themed ex­tracts from fa­mous works to set the scene.

For full de­tails of Opera Bamba ticket re­funds, visit www.op­er­

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