The Essex Summer Opera Festival to Inaugurate with Mozart Classic

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Essex Summer Opera Festival, presented by Wild Arts charity, is set to open its doors starting on July 7, 2022.

The festival opens with a production of Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” starring Ella Taylor, Marta Jones, Juana Songi, Richard Dowling, Gareth Brynmor John and Eddie Wade. The singers will be joined by seven chamber musicians playing an arrangement and English translation of the seminal score by Jeremy Sams. The work will be directed by P. Burton-Morgan and conducted by Orlando Jopling.

There will be additional performances on July 9 and 10.

“Top quality cultural experiences belong in Essex just as much as in London and the other home
counties. The region has all the ingredients to host its own events – beautiful landscapes, unique
venues and enthusiastic communities,” said Jopling, the founder of the festival, in an official press statement. “The opening of Saffron Hall in 2013 was a huge coup for the area, and its success shows there is strong local appetite for the very best artistic output. We are thankful to Thaxted and Frinton festivals, who have done great work bringing classical music to the county, and of course to Cliffs Pavilion. We want to enhance and build on that legacy.”

The company announced that over the next five years it would be presenting such operas as “The Elixir of Love” in 2023, “Eugene Onegin” in 2024, and “La Traviata” in 2026.