We all need the enchantment of opera in our lives
The global pandemic has affected us all in ways that were completely unimaginable when WOCo's 2019 production of La Bohème came to an end last summer. Today our thoughts are particularly with all the WOCo alumni; the company's current singers, players and production team members; and the wider operatic community for whom the effects of Covid-19 are immediate and serious. The impacts are seen in loss of income and identity - opera is made to be seen and heard in real time. And whilst all efforts are being made to show opera online, we are all desperate to be producing the inspiring live performances that allow our company and our audiences to thrive.
We had hoped to perform Humperdink's Hänsel und Gretel as planned on 4th and 6th August at the Château de Panloy. Unfortunately having listened to the advice of the British and French governments we have decided that we cannot perform this summer.
Bringing enchantment to our lives through Humperdkink's sumptuous retelling of the fairytale in which children battle the odds to return to their homes, will give us all something to look forward to when we can return to the stage in the summer of 2021.
As our founder and Musical Director, Guy Hopkins, said today,
"We are extremely disappointed not to be able to perform this summer. The pandemic has affected all our lives, but our thoughts go out to singers and players at the beginning of their careers, for whom the loss of income and performance experience will be particularly challenging. We look forward to bringing a flavour of WOCo to our website in August, a WOCo event to London during winter 2020 and to performing again in the Charente next summer."
Many thanks to our loyal supporters and friends who know that now more than ever we need beauty and music in our lives. To support WOCo's Emerging Artists click here.