Production 2018-Auditions

Hi Singers

Please find attached the audition pieces for the Magic Flute.

From 7.00 pm for ladies and 8.30 for gentlemen

If you have not sung with NNCO before and want to be in the chorus then you will need to sing at the auditions. Bring along any song or aria you are familiar with.

Performance dates at the Auden theatre Holt 12, 13 14th April 2018

Rehearsals at the Holt Youth Centre which is on Old Station Way off the Hempstead road. NR 25 6DH

Rehearsals will be on Mondays as usual and a rehearsal schedule will be sent out.

Details below

North Norfolk Chamber Opera







Audition pieces for LADIES are:

1st Lady (soprano),

2nd Lady ( soprano or mezzo) and

3rd Lady ( mezzo/contralto):                                 p11 to 21


ACT 1, Introduction:

“Die vicious snake, before our might”


Pamina (soprano)                                                  p108 to 110


ACT 2, No. 17 Aria:

“Ah I feel to grief and sadness”


Queen of the Night (coloratura soprano)             p28 to 32


ACT 1, No. 4 Recitative and Aria

“In lonely grief I am forsaken”


Papagena (soubrette soprano)                               p153 to 158


ACT 2: Finale: “Pa-pa -pa”


1st Boy (soprano),

2nd Boy ( soprano or mezzo) and

3rd Boy ( mezzo/contralto)                                     p106 to 108


ACT 2, No.16: Trio

Please note: Young people/children are welcome to audition 

Audition pieces for MEN are:


Papageno (baritone)                                             p22 to 23


ACT 1, No 2: Song

“ I am a man of wide-spread fame”


Tamino (lyric tenor)                                                p25 to 27


ACT 1, No.3 Aria:“O image Angel like and fair”


High Priest (tenor or high baritone) and

Lower Priest (bass)                                                p86 only


Monostatos (character tenor)                                p97 to 98


ACT 2, No.13 Aria: “All the World is full of lovers”


Sarastro (Bass)                                                       p103 to 105

ACT 2, No. 15 Aria: “Within these Holy Portals”

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NODA Review

How very fortunate you are to secure the time and inspiration of the very talented and experienced Susie Self on the musical side and, with Karen Smith accompanying, what an exceptional team to lead the proceedings.

This double bill is ideal for NNCO and the starter of Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ such fun and so highly appropriate in these days of mobile phones and the interruption of conversation. Susie Self brought together the duo of Sky Carver and Des Holmes into a most amusing interlude with him finally giving up and defeated by the telephone until he had the brilliant notion of using it himself. Sky Carver had all the coloratura trills and notes in full force, glamour and style and personality as the desired; and Des the smooth notes and counterpoint within the score as he pursued his purpose. It is a long time since seeing this piece and it was good to see it aired again.

To the main course and ‘Gianni Schicchi’ is the fun finale in the Puccini trio sequence and offered Des Holmes the chance to ask each character to create a personality within the family (nice groupings within the staging), to offer some very good ensemble work for the group with them around the bed of Buoso Donati. A death, a funeral and a will always brings out the worst in a family with each one wondering who will inherit and which part of the estate they wish for, and this offers so many opportunities for solos and lines and conversations and so all named characters of sister/cousin/nephew and niece/daughter/and others had their chance to shine. The interplay and interactions between characters heightened the humour into many funny moments, including, of course, the will re-writing with Lawyer, Des Holmes.

The young lovers looked most appropriate with the inclusion of Tristan Stocks by invitation for Rinuccio from his professional engagements as tenor elsewhere. Matching him as the sweet Lauretta, Melissa Sampson gave her all especially in the set piece ‘Oh my beloved father’ (only this translation ‘Daddy’!).

And in the title role, and dominating in stature and character, Andrew Masterson came up with all those many rich notes as he played the rest of the cast into second place, where did you find him, and do try to keep him on board as he is a treasure.

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April Poster

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This April

April 13th 14th 15th

North Norfolk Chamber Opera are delighted to present a comic double bill of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” and Menotti’s “The Telephone”

Puccini created Gianni Schicchi from “a desire to laugh and make others laugh”.

When wealthy Buoso, head of the Donati family, dies his relatives are distraught to discover he has left everything to the local monastery. They turn to cunning Gianni Schicchi to help them alter the will. But does their plan succeed?

A highlight of the opera is the well-known aria  is O Mio Babbino Caro (Oh My Beloved Father).

The opera will be starring young professional tenor Tristan Stocks. Tristan was a Britten-Pears young artist at Aldeburgh and has been awarded both the Grange Park and Susan Chilcott opera scolarships and has received a prize at the John Lill awards.

Menotti composed “The Telephone” in 1947 but it has an up to date relevance in the increasing obsession with social media.

Every time Ben attempts to propose marriage to his girlfriend Lucy, her telephone rings. Will his bright idea enable him to win her hand?

We are again privileged to have Susie Self as our musical director. Susie studied at The Royal College of Music and Cambridge University. Her opera “The Butt” premiered this summer at the Musiktheatretagen Festival in Vienna and she has just won a scholarship from Birmingham City University to read for a PhD in composition.

Tickets can be BOOKED ONLINE easily in advance at (Tel 01263 713444) or can be purchased at the door with cash or a cheque made out to North Norfolk Chamber Opera. From 24 March a helpline will be available.

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Carmen: All done

Thank you to all the Performers, Stage hands, Front of House helpers and the Auden Theatre for helping to make Carmen such a success.

Biggest thanks to the Audiences, audiences were up from last year and people travelled from a far afield as Cambridgeshire and  Yorkshire to see it, with one couple from Yorkshire, having seen the opening night came back for a second showing, as they enjoyed it so much.

We will now recover for a few weeks while thinking of our next venture.

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Carmen, On the Way, Opens Thursday

First rehearsal in the Auden with the musicians tonight.
First impressions?? First rehearsal on stage, a couple of missed cues, two pieces of dialogue missed BUT a belting performance from every one of the Soloists.

And the chorus? Just wonderful.

First rehearsal maybe, but looking good, performers in costume (to feel and live the Part) before the dress rehearsal.

Technical rehearsal tomorrow, dress rehearsal Weds before the big night.

By which time it will be perfect 🙂

Look for Don Jose and and Escamilio, Carmen with a twist.

As mentioned in the EDP

Some photos to follow

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Carmen the Poster


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Coming up —- “CARMEN”

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The North Norfolk Chamber Opera’s  2016  production will be CARMEN by Bizet with  Musical Director,  Susie Self and Director Susanne Smith.   Susie gave us two stunning productions in recent years, Puccini’s Sister Angelica and Britten’s Albert Herring and Susanne created the wonderful set and concept for Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love last year.   We welcome them both back and look forward to working with them on Bizet’s exciting and, at the time it was written, controversial opera.  Performances will take place in the Auden Theatre, Holt 14 – 16 April 2016.

Auditions will be held on Monday 2 November from 7.30 at the Holt Youth Project, Old Station Way, Holt. Contact Susanne Smith on for further information and if you would like to attend. If you cannot attend on that day please contact Susanne who will arrange an alternative time for you to be heard. Do please come and give the Production Team a good selection of candidates to choose from.

The first rehearsal will take place on Monday 23 November at 7.30 at the Holt Youth Project and will be a Meet and Greet session for chorus and soloists and a chance to Dip Your Toe into some of this fabulous music.  We are lucky to have Karen Smith back again as pianist for the auditions and rehearsals.
Looking forward to a very enjoyable few months and to a magnificent production!

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NODA Review

The Elixir of Love
North Norfolk Chamber Opera

16 April 2015

Auden Theatre, Greshams School, Holt
Type of Production

Producer / Director

Susanne Smith
Musical Director

Maggi Warren

Author: Susan DuPont

NNCO in their 25th anniversary production of ‘The Elixir of Love’, one of my favourite operas, and what a way to celebrate.
This lovely light and bubbly and tuneful score by Donizetti such a delight to hear: well balanced casting and chorus accompanied by North Norfolk Chamber Ensemble, the production was well served by the talents of Maggi Warren and Susanna Smith.
What a delightful set with central lamp/floral piece and café tables around the square, and including the house entrance, most appropriate setting and the modern dress worked very well and gave the sunny summer atmosphere in a perfect way. And clever of Crispin Clark for set and the ‘Tuc Tuc’ of Dr Dulcamara.
As the heroine of the piece, Adina, Samantha Hawkins had the looks and flirtacious  nature of the ‘queen’ of the village, a top soprano just within her range, very tuneful and worked well with both Nemorino and Belcore in their duets. A delightful second soprano in Gianetta from Elizabeth Wilmott, very lively and bubbly, good personality.
The three male leads very strong and well cast in this production. Des Holmes as Nemorino did not disappoint in this top tenor role with his lyrical arias and moods of love and despair, and how he played to Adina with passion, but was overwhelmed by the actions of Belcore and Dulcamara. As Sergeant Belcore, a welcome return to the Norfolk stage of John Clack in a swaggering and confident rendition of the would-be lover and soldier, strong and well sung, a really good performance and very convincing. And as Dr Dulcamara, Nick Bird once more in timed and professional style with the patter song on cue and mellow notes through the whole, this sharpster knew exactly what to say and do and when to take the money and disappear, he was perfect in the casting in his whole character role with professionalism (no wonder that he is in demand for so many societies).
The chorus and indeed whole company very important throughout in this score and many opportunities for ‘a good and harmonious sing’, and how well these big company moments worked and sounded, great harmonies, and seemingly the cast all enjoyed themselves as they went about their lives: liked the café scenes, the card games, the knitting, the army recruitment and the wedding breakfast as interest throughout the piece. A happy feel to the whole evening of music.

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