Great Waldingfield

The season is coming to a close but summer lovin’ is still in the air. Gian Carlo Menotti’s comic opera, ‘The Telephone’ is in town, featuring Sudbury’s very own baritone Mark Saberton, fresh from Covent Garden, and the international coloratura soprano, Lisa Cassidy. The first half traverses the minefield of courtship, complemented by a second half of passion and love in the form of song and duets.

Mark grew up in Great Waldingfield, attending Thomas Gainsborough School and now returns to the Quay Theatre following his popular 2014 and 2017 appearances. He has performed at The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Opera North and Scottish Opera. When not away on tour, he lives and teaches singing in Sudbury. Lisa Cassidy has gained a reputation for both the singular beauty of her voice and her striking theatrical presence. She has recently been developing and performing contemporary classical works in Spain with Vertixe Sonora Ensemble. Acclaimed pianist Matthew McCombie accompanies again after making a great impression in the concert here two years ago. As well as frequent performances in the United Kingdom with conductors such as Barry Wordsworth and Ronald Corp he travels round the world performing for the Cunard Line and P&O Cruises.

Menotti’s ‘The Telephone’ or ‘L’amour à trois’ is an entertaining gem of operatic comedy, presenting an attempted marriage proposal alongside endless phone interruptions (how very modern!). Ben loves Lucy or, should we call her, ‘Rockabilly Lucy’, with her total adoration of 1950s style? Will his gift soften her heart, and encourage her to accept his hand in marriage, or remove her from his arms forever? The first performance was in 1947 but this production has a more contemporary look at the story. As well as the short one act opera there will be a selection of songs and duets from the American and English classical song repertoire, featuring composers including Gerald Finzi, Roger Quilter, Peter Warlock, Samuel Barber and Roderick Williams. These trace the journey of myriad conversations and musings on that delightful tyrant, Love.

Menotti’s The Telephone is on at the Quay Theatre on 24th August at 7.30pm and tickets are available now from the Quay Theatre Box Office on 01787 374745 or online at


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