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Sasha French Presents...

Opera at the Long Shop 25th May

7pm on Saturday 25th May 2019

Tickets are limited to 120 (seated) stalls tickets @ £35 and 80 @ £10 standing in the gallery.

Please email to obtain tickets and for more information regarding parking.

The bar will be open from 5.30pm


Sasha French trained in opera at The Royal Northern college of Music and has over 20 years’ experience of producing operatic entertainment.

Previous & current clients/venues include – 

  • The River Café, Hammersmith; 
  • Carphone Warehouse, Acton; 
  • WilkinsonEyre, Gasholders London, Kings Cross; 
  • Dyson, Malmesbury and Dodington Park, Gloucestershire.
This event is a fundraiser in support of the iconic Long Shop Museum, Leiston.

Testimonials for A Sasha French Production:

Professor Sir Christopher Frayling “I have experienced several of Sasha French’s opera evenings – and “experience” really is the right word: they can be depended upon to combine thrilling voices, intimate surroundings, a varied repertoire – always some surprises – good use of the available space and a lot of charm. A genial and civilised form of entertainment. In the increasingly crowded world of opera evenings, Sasha French’s work certainly stands out.”

Bel Mooney “It’s hard to describe the wonderful atmosphere Sasha French creates on one of her exquisitely – produced opera evenings. What is the secret? Well, you take a group of superb singers who give their hearts as well as their consummate skill, because of the respect and admiration they have for her. You take a programme that could only be devised by professionals with a deep knowledge of what a balanced evening of opera should be like. You have impeccable timing, verve and energy – as well as an intangible sense of love and commitment. And over and above all this you have the warmth and sparkle (as well as fine voice) of the charismatic Ms. French herself, holding it all together. Even the most unwilling listener to opera will be converted by a Sasha French opera evening. I’ve been to many, and always want time to stand still, and the voices to magic themselves into my head and heart forever.”

Jonathan Dimbleby

“Sasha French and her wonderful group of artists performed with verve, humour, grace and beauty to make a memorable evening at Dodington House. It is not easy to perform a wide variety of the most famous arias in opera while navigating your way around tables where the good and the great are dining and having a glorious time to raise funds for charity. Sasha’s team succeeded triumphantly, mesmerising everyone. You could hear a pin drop when they were singing unless they had convulsed us to laughter. At the end the applause was long and rapturous. It was an event that stays in the mind.”

Sir James Dyson

Sasha has been producing opera for us since 2000 – helping us raise money for local charities. Each event has been professionally organised and superbly performed. Sasha’s opera evenings are wonderful.”  

A bit about the singers,

Linda Richardson, soprano 

“…utterly believable and genuinely moving…”

“Linda Richardson was vocally and histrionically outstanding in the title role, her voice soaring or agonising as the words and situations required; her acted portrayal matching her vocal strengths.”

Linda was a company principal for ENO for 8 years where she sang many major roles. She has

recently sung Violetta & Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera.

Mexican tenor Jesús León is one of the most acclaimed ‘bel canto’ tenors of his generation and will be hot footing it back from Minnesota where he will sing Alfredo, La Traviata.

“Jesús León is a living incarnation of Alfredo. He exudes a boyish charm and a happy-go-lucky approach to life.”

“a voice with a ringingly supple top end and lean, strikingly photogenic features.”

 For once the tenor was not the weakness of the show, but one of its very strengths.

“I’d heard of the Mexican tenor Jesús León, but not heard him. He was certainly worth the wait. His Cavaradossi gripped from the very first, and he established a thrilling chemistry with both Tosca and Scarpia. ’Recondita armonia’ was seductively abandoned and lyrical, he was superbly dramatic and realistic in the horrors of Act Two and sang an ‘E lucevan’ to die for. His voice is even, with a terrific, flexible top, and he’s a good, and good-looking, actor.”

Susannah Glanville, soprano

Review for La fanculla del West (Holland park Opera)

“but really it was Susannah Glanville’s show. The Yorkshire-born soprano was terrific as Minnie: her powerful voice has bloom and heft as well as radiance and she lifted the production at her every appearance. Long a fixture at Opera North, Glanville is a home-grown jewel and we London-centrics need to see more of her. Like Puccini, she aimed for the heart.”

Simon Thorpe, baritone studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the National Opera Studio. Recent and future plans include Telramund, Lohengrin; Scarpia, Tosca and Salerio Merchant of Venice (Welsh National Opera); Manfredo, L’Amore dei tre Re (Opera Holland Park); Don Pizarro, Fidelio and Holländer, Der fliegender Holländer (Longborough Festival Opera)