La Bohème and more at CLASSICFest in Harrogate

CLASSICFest: Miss Saigon will be performed at Harrogate Theatre on August 27.
CLASSICFest: Miss Saigon will be performed at Harrogate Theatre on August 27.

It’s an amazing 14-day festival of opera, operetta, musical theatre and Gilbert and Sullivan. It’s unique in Europe and it’s being held in Harrogate next month.

The second annual CLASSICFest will feature full-scale performances of Evita, Orpheus in the Underworld, Salad Days, Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Saigon, Guys and Dolls, La Boheme, Merry Widow, Phantom of the Opera, and three Gilbert and Sullivan favourites – Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe and Princess Ida.

There is also a Lerner and Loewe Broadway spectacular and Fringe events featuring the uniquely British Flanders and Swann, Noel Coward and Ivor Novello.

Organisers of this spectacular fortnight of entertainment which runs from Sunday, August 18 to Saturday, August 31, are also delighted to announce that as part of the 2013 Festival in Harrogate Theatre, Puccini’s best -loved opera, La Bohème will be performed.

La bohème tells the story of the lives and loves of four struggling artists living in a draughty garret in Paris in the 19th Century.

Puccini’s score charts the love affair of Rodolfo, a writer, and Mimi, his neighbour, as they eke out a living on the breadline.

Life is harsh, and they soon find that you need more than passion to survive.

An opera in four acts, La bohème will be performed in a new English translation by the highly talented, professional cast of Heritage Opera including festival favourites, tenor Nicholas Sales and soprano Sarah Helsby Hughes as the star-crossed lovers, Rodolfo and Mimi.

For tickets, telephone the box office on 01423 502116.

To view the full programme go to www.classicfest.org

The organisers of CLASSICFest have also agreed from next year to move the annual International Gilbert and Sullivan to Harrogate from its Buxton home of the past 20 years.