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Opera in the ruins

Abby&Josh-550[A]fter a year of renovations and change, Kirklinton Hall & Gardens are to welcome back London’s Regents Opera in aid of the British Red Cross.

In previous years, the ruins of Kirklinton Hall hosted this event beautifully. In 2015 and 2016, guests enjoyed the blend of grandeur and decay, indulgence and entertainment, set within 14 acres of historic gardens. The demand for a return was impossible to ignore!

This year’s captivating event will be Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’. The story of the Duke of Mantua’s court jester Rigoletto and his beautiful daughter Gilda is a tale full of decadence and innocence. After receiving a curse Rigoletto’s life is changed forever as his degenerate working world collides with the pious world of his daughter.

Regents Opera will perform a Pre-Raphaelite inspired production that is set in the 1850’s and based on Victor Hugo’s “L’Roi S’Amuse (The King Amuses Himself). Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s finest operas and a perfect evening of love lust and intrigue.

Christopher Boyle QC commented: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome back the Opera and our Opera loving guests to the Hall as the affair was a tremendous success and thoroughly enjoyable. The Team and I are terribly excited!”

After picnics on the Rose Terrace and wander through the Quince Grove or Faerie Glen, guests are invited for a Pol Roger Champagne Reception sponsored by Pippa Sedgwick Wines. The performance is held within the Main Hall, an inside outside experience. All the profits from the event are being donated to the British Red Cross. This worthy cause touches many people and the businesses involved are keen to help.

Tracey Crich, Senior Community Fundraiser, British Red Cross mentioned: “We are delighted that Kirklinton Hall is putting on this fabulous opera event for the British Red Cross. Supporters of the event will be helping the Red Cross to provide practical and emotional support to those in crisis whoever and wherever they are. This might be the free loan of a wheelchair from our hub in Carlisle to a home anywhere in Cumbria while someone recovers from an injury or illness or helping people to recover from flooding in their home by sign posting them to critical services.”

Gary Lydiate, Chief Executive from Kilfrost are one of the sponsors and commented: “Kilfrost has always actively supported a variety of activities across the North of England, and we are very proud to be able to give back to our community. We were eager to assist the wonderful work of the British Red Cross by taking on a sponsor role at this event, as they really do the most marvellous job, here and across the length and breadth of the country. I hope that our efforts here today, combined with those of each and every attendee will allow them to continue their great work for many weeks and months to come.”

Tickets for the event are on sale now and going quickly! Book a luxury picnic hamper on arrival, gazebo on the terrace and even a lap throw at kirklintonhall.co.uk/upcoming-events/opera. There are still sponsorship opportunities available too. All enquiries to [email protected]

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