Tenors to sing for villagers

By Sam Acourt in Entertainment

The Opera Dudes are coming to this aria – courtesy of a choirboy and a brickie.

The Opera Dudes are Tim Lole and Neil Allen who will be staging their show at the Ashprington Village Hall on Friday, Feb­ruary 17, as part of a Devon tour organised through the arts charity Villages in Action.

Tim was a choirboy turned organist and prize-winning conductor who worked at the Royal Opera House and Scottish Opera, where he conducted The Turn of the Screw, broadcast on the BBC.

Neil, on the other hand, was a bricklayer who sang in pubs and clubs.

He sold his building business at the age of 30 and set up a school, The Magdala Opera Trust, so that he could get an operatic training and fulfil his dream.

Since then, Neil has sung with the City of London Sinfonia and the Orchestra of Opera North as a principal soloist, to name but two. His oratorios have included The Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem and Mozart’s C minor.

The two tenors paired up after meeting through Neil’s teacher, Michelle, who is now his wife.

Tim said: ‘The show is an entertainment really, with everything from swing to show tunes to slapstick comedy, but it’s that encounter with opera, having the Pearl Fishers and Nessun Dorma sung at you full blast, that people find totally irresistible.’

The performance starts at 7.30pm.

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