Writing & Musings

Opera Dudes!

Yesterday I did a gig with the Opera Dudes, that's them at the sound check.

The Opera Dudes are Tim Lole and Neil Allen, it’s usually the same line-up in the section; myself on woodwind, Richard Baker on Trombone, Gary Wyatt and Rob Deakin on trumpets. If you’ve never seen the Opera Dudes in action, well, you should…. excellent operatic tenors, with a mix of Frank Spencer impressions and long funny narratives describing their lives and history.

It’s always fun for me, because Tim Lole tends to email parts out a few days before the gig with new arrangements. This week The Pearl Fishers duet (Georges Bizet) long clarinet solo had moved to flute. There was also a new addition; E lucevan le stelle from Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca on clarinet. Nessun dorma from the final act of Puccini’s opera Turandot obviously needed a French classical alto saxophone solo as an accompaniment.

This description from their website sums up their classical cabaret evenings:

“Take a bricklayer, a pub and club singer, a highly-experienced operatic tenor, an organ scholar, a cassock-clad chorister, a Cambridge Graduate, an impressionist, a couple of comedians, and a prize-winning conductor with appearances on the TV, mix them together and what do you get? Just a couple of seriously talented guys giving you a great night out. In other words, the Opera Dudes.

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