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Lancaster Castle is the setting for two evenings of Italian opera in September. 

Classics chosen from some of the world's best loved operas will be performed on Saturday 7 September and Sunday 8 September at 7.30pm. 

At the performances, opera singers from the North West will perform excerpts with a live piano accompaniment. 

The classics will be performed in their individual languages, and the singers will bring each piece to life, explaining the plot and acting out the drama. 

The audience can expect love and hate, joy and despair in well-loved arias, duets and ensembles from operas by Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Mozart and Donizetti. 

The performance is suitable for keen opera lovers and anyone who hasn't been to the opera previously. Each classic will be introduced and put in context, so no prior knowledge is necessary. 

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I'm delighted that we are staging these two evenings of opera highlights. 

"I'm sure that the setting in Lancaster Castle's beautiful Shire Hall will definitely add to the performance. 

"The audience have some well-known favourites performed including the famous aria, O Mio Babbino Caro, from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Bizet’s Pearl Fishers’ duet, and the Anvil chorus from Il Trovatore by Verdi. 

"There will be drama with the appearance of the sea monster in Mozart’s Idomeneo; romance, as Mimi and Alfredo fall in love in the garret scene from La Bohème; and appropriately for the Shire Hall which is still a working court, a section from Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera when the high court judge reports sightings of a witch. 

"Anyone can go along to these performances, and you don't even need to know Italian to enjoy them!" 

Tickets cost £7.50. 

Numbers are limited so booking is essential. For booking information or opening times, call 01524 64998 or visit the castle shop between 9.30am to 4.30pm. 

Wheelchair access is very limited, so it is advisable to contact the ticket office about this before buying a ticket. 

More information about other Lancashire County Council museums is available at 


Lancaster Castle
Castle / Fort
Lancaster Castle

Steeped in almost 1000 years of history including the trials of the Pendle Witches and the Birmingham Six, Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West. Come and visit the old cells, Shire Hall and Crown Court.



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