Stars in fine voice

Thornton born opera star Jo Appleby is returning to the Fylde Coast for her first home appearance since leaving the popera supergroup Amici Forever.

Jo is now pursuing a solo career and will be at Lytham Lowther Pavilion on Sunday August 26 at 7.30pm

Since leaving the four piece Jo has toured Australia (including performing at Sydney Opera House), Dubai and New Zealand, sung solo with the The Morriston Orpheus Male voice choir and has recently returned from a “classical” cruise with Classic fm’s John Brunning.

She is currently involved in a UK concert tour for Calibre productions and will return to Dubai for concerts in September. Her solo album is due for release in the autumn.

The new concert features highlights from many of the world’s favourite operas. Powerful moments from Puccini and Bizet sit beside gems from the pen of Lehar and the majesty of Mozart, while illuminating and amusing stories put the music into context both within the operas and the lives of their composers.

Soprano Jo has sung to huge audiences in some of the most prestigious venues around the world.

Mezzo soprano Hannah Pedley has sung with many of the UK’s opera companies and is well known for her concert and oratorio work with such companies as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and The Sixteen.

Tenor Wynne Evans performs regularly with English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera Northern Ireland, among others, has worked as a soloist with all the major UK orchestras and has been tenor soloist at the opening night of the BBC Proms and the Welsh Proms.

Baritone Mark Evans (brother of Wynne) has an equally impressive CV and has sung with all the major UK opera companies, most recently as Marcello in La Bohme for Welsh National Opera on tour to Japan.

A Night at the Opera offers a mix of arias, duets and ensembles and is truly a diverse, passionate and exciting experience. Musical accompaniment is provided by the Schomberg String Quartet and pianoforte.

Jo’s love of the theatre began with ballet lessons at the age of three. At 13 she discovered her voice and at 19 she gained entry to study at the Royal Northern College of Music graduating with honours four years later.

She then gained a scholarship from the D’Oyly Carte opera company for further postgraduate studies at the RNCM. She spent four years with the Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Chorus also performing in many recitals, oratorio and master classes. She has also sung with Carl Rosa opera, Diva Opera, London Voices and for Raymond Gubbay productions.

With Amici Forever she sang to huge audiences worldwide in prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, Windsor Castle (for HRH The Prince of Wales), The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, (for the Queen and Prince Philip), Wembley Stadium, Cardiff Millennium Stadium, the state Opera House in Kiev and on board the QE2.

Amici Forever toured extensively promoting their multi platinum selling albums Defined and The Opera Band.

The Calibre tour of A Night At The Opera will be at Lytham Lowther Pavilion on Sunday August 26 at 7.30pm, Tickets are 15 and 14.