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Prep Pupils Make Opera Debut in Verdi's Macbeth

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Two pupils from Monkton Prep School near Bath have made their opera debuts in an Iford Arts production of Verdi's Macbeth.

Year five pupil Charlie Maggs and year six pupil Hugo Caesar both successfully auditioned for the roles which saw them performing in seven sell-out shows at Iford Manor which culminated this weekend.

Charlie played the part of Fleance, Banquo's son, and Hugo performed as one of the Apparitions, and both of the roles saw them undergoing two days of intensive rehearsals in London.

The singing was so loud in rehearsals that the Director, Bruno Ravella, initially provided the boys with ear plugs so that they could concentrate on their acting and get used to the sound. There followed four further days of rehearsals at Iford Manor, culminating in an orchestral run-through and then a dress rehearsal in front of a full audience.

Verdi's Macbeth at Iford

George Bevan, Director of Music at Monkton Combe School said, “Macbeth has been an extraordinary introduction to opera for the two boys, with candle-lit scenes of sword-fighting, assassins, apparitions and blood, what more could one want!”

Charlie and Hugo’s performances were praised by the classical music website Bachtrack as ‘confident and skilful’.

Mr Bevan added, “I am delighted that Hugo and Charlie have had the chance to be involved in such an amazing production. The Iford cast and crew have made them feel so much a part of it, and I have no doubt that they will remember this experience for the rest of their lives.”

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