LEADING OPERA STARS HEADING TO THE CUSTOMS HOUSE

Back by popular demand, The Viennese Strauss Gala returns to The Customs House for its 15th anniversary tour this month.

The sparkling production features music composed by Strauss, Kalman and Lehar, invoking a bygone age of exclusive soirees, glittering ballrooms and wondrous waltzes.

Expect to hear the best from the great operettas, including Die Fledermaus, Gypsy Baron, The Merry Widow, Blue Danube Waltz and a breathtaking finale of the Radetzky March.

The European Baroque Ensemble will be accompanied by four incredible soloists from major opera companies, including Opera North, English National Opera and Welsh National Opera.

Director Stephen Leatherland said: “The intimacy of The Customs House lends itself beautifully to some of the most romantic melodies ever written, penned by the illustrious Strauss family, and their contemporaries. It’s always a pleasure to return.”

One of the soloists, Megan Llewellyn, joins The Viennese Straus Gala having starred in Phantom of the Opera in the West End, as Carlotta Guidicelli. She has just finished a UK tour of The Sound of Music, playing the role of Mother Abbess.

She said: “Having sung various arias from wide-ranging operatic repertoires, in the West End and all over the world, it’s always a delight to perform the glorious melodies of Johan Strauss and Franz Lehar and I’m excited to be performing this feel-good show at The Customs House.”

The other soloists are Olivia Lewis, Peter Wilman and Richard Immergluck, who are soloists with the Welsh National Opera.

Ray Spencer, Executive Director of The Customs House, said: “With beautiful choreography, clever staging and authentic costumes, the show is perfect for all, from the hopeless romantic to the music aficionado.”

The Viennese Strauss Gala will be performed on Friday, January 25, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £19.50 and available from the box office on (0191) 454 1234 or online at www.customshouse.co.uk.