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Opera Anywhere to Produce New Opera

A New Hardy Opera ‘The Three Wayfarers’

A new chamber opera recently composed by John Whittaker, based on Thomas Hardy’s short story ‘The Three Strangers’, is soon to be produced – in a one-off premier workshop performance staged by Opera Anywhere at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon at 7.30pm on Saturday 21st February 2015

Opera Anywhere are raising funds now in order to finance this project, if you think you can help please do so by following the link through to our box office and take a look at the options..

 More About The Opera..

This 50 minute, one act opera is written for 14 singers and scored for a chamber orchestra of 10 musicians (strings and woodwind).

The composer in writing this work has referred to both the story (‘The Three Strangers’) and the play version (‘The Three Wayfarers’) that Hardy himself made for the stage. The music is a blend of both operatic and traditional folk music. In this respect the composer readily acknowledges the influence of the music of Vaughan Williams in the score. Traditional folk tunes – some from Hardy’s own tune book – are worked into the score – and even the serpent, a musical instrument now rarely seen, makes an appearance…

We are hoping that this premier performance will lead to further performances at different venues tthroughout the year – including London, Oxford and Dorset.

Would you be willing to act as a sponsor?

Levels of Sponsorship

Putting on a new opera is very expensive and we welcome donations of any amount.


  1. a) £400 – entitles you to up to 10 seats at the performance plus a private welcome reception, a DVD film of the performance, your name acknowledged as a sponsor in the programme and opportunity at request to watch the cast in rehearsal.
  2. b) £40 – entitles you to 1 seat at the performance, plus a private welcome reception and your name acknowledged as a sponsor in the programme.
    c) £15 – entitles you to a DVD of ‘The Three Wayfarers’ (inc. postage and packing) of the performance.


How do I donate?

Donations are made through Opera Anywhere’s Box office, it’s quick and easy and of course if the opera doesn’t go ahead you’ll be refunded the full amount.

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