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Opera star Maria recreates nostalgia and romance of grand ballrooms

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

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OPERA singer Maria Kesselman (pictured) will be performing alongside soloists from major opera companies in a Viennese Strauss Gala evening at the Palace Theatre, Paignton, on February 21.

It recreates the nostalgia and romance of the grand ballrooms of 19th century Vienna.

The audience will be introduced to a bygone age of glamorous soiree's and Strauss waltzes and comprises highlights from some of the great operettas of Strauss, Kalman and Lehar including Die Fleidermaus, the Merry Widow, A Night in Venice and many more. Having trained at the Royal College of Music, Maria maintains a varied performing career spanning musical theatre, theatre, opera, concert, recording, cabaret and dance. Maria's theatre credits include numerous lead roles such as Christine opposite Michael Crawford in the Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre.

In opera, she has also performed widely, including Musetta in La Boheme and Despina in Cosi Fan Tutti in London and Amsterdam.

Maria is also an established concert performer, giving solo performances at venues across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall.

Joining Maria is the fabulous Amanda Watsham.

Having trained at Morley Opera College, Amanda has recently performed the role of Carlotta in the Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre, London.

Her theatre credits include the Merry Widow, the Tales of Hofmann, Showboat, Bless the Bride, Carousel and Orpheus among others.

Amanda is also in much demand for concert recitals and has worked as a guest soloist at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and Westminster Central Hall.

Performing alongside Maria and Amanda are British tenors Stephen John Davis and Peter Wilman.

Stephen's West End theatre credits include Phantom in the Phantom of the Opera; Brother Reuben in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi; The Bishop of Digne, Jean Valjean and Javert in Les Miserables.

Peter is experienced with the English Chamber Opera in various principal roles in Don Giovanni for the English Chamber Opera and also Dolfin for the Welsh National Opera.

The singers are complimented by the European Orchestral Ensemble.

It starts at 7.30pm.

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