Opening Night – The Fire Of Olympus

Last night, Saturday 14th September, was the premiere of Tim Benjamin’s The Fire Of Olympus at the Burnley Mechanics Theatre.  It was a lovely venue with a fabulous stage and a wonderful audience.

Michael Vincent Jones as Hephaestus and me as Pandora

After all the hard work put in by everyone involved over the past few months it was such a thrill to finally bring the piece to the stage. It was a wonderful experience to perform such a different character role alongside the rest of the cast and the orchestra to bring Tim’s music to life.

As the tour is still ongoing, I don’t want to give too much away about the production and what we have in store for the audience.  But if you can attend one of the shows I do encourage you to come along and witness the spectacle first hand.

Next Saturday, 21st September, we travel to Huddersfield for a performance at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP.

Then on to Manchester on the 28th September at the RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD.

With further performances in York on the 12th October at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA.

Finally, we bring the tour to a conclusion with two performances one at The Repertory Theatre, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 2TR on the 30th October and your last chance to catch the production on the 9th November at the Todmorden Hippodrome, 83 Halifax Rd, Todmorden OL14 5BB.

Backstage and ready for the evening’s performance

50 thoughts on “Opening Night – The Fire Of Olympus

    1. Absolutely, with a touring opera you get that bit of excited aniticipation at every show because you move from location to location after just one performance and the stage changes slightly, the acoustics, the orchestra pit etc. I love it.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Hilary, What a lovely wish a full house every night. I wish this for Tim too, its great that he is touring The Fire of Olympus to small towns in the North of England as well as Manchester and York. Rupert Christiansen wrote last December that audiences for live events outside London continue to shrink and this made me think, how often do my family go out to live events and it is rare other than to watch me. So it’s how we persuade people like them to come along because now they do go to more live operas they love them especially the ones sung in English.
      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. I love your blunt honesty Martin never change it keeps me on my toes :).

      Thinking about it though it’s good that I was selected for my voice and acting skills and not just a clothes horse :). I think the costume will make more sense when you see it in the setting with all the cast.
      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. I love my parents coming to watch on an opening night they give me frank and honest feedback :). They were really happy with this role and said it gave me a new dimension, a strength and they enjoyed my arias which is great for a new production. They said they fully enjoyed the strong string orchestra and a striking moment when the bows seemed to punctuate the music dramatically. They also said the singing was a very high standard too from everyone.
      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. What an excellent review!! It is worthwhile to have someone give honest feedback. You and your character are a credit to your parents!

    1. My Mum said you’re going to enjoy this production, can you drop some of the leaflets at your hairdressers and shops and see if Jean or Barbara are up for coming they told me to tell them when I was performing locally when they came to see me in Bury that time, tell them it’s only in Hanley.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. It’s been a real challenge to get the balance right because of the twist of Pandora being all for Zeus and Olympus and then quitting to join the resistance when she feels Zeus goes too far with what he expects from her. Good fun and lots of hard work.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Lavinia one of the best things about a tour in the North West of England is that I get to stay at my parents and don’t have to think about anything else but the performance and learning new songs, when I go back to London I can lose a bit of weight though hehe.
      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  1. This is surely a fantastic role for you! I am happy for you to get this opportunity to show all your abilities… Fantastic footage…! Thank you so much, Charlotte…! Keep on and keep it up! :))))

  2. Sounds like the opening went very well. I wish you and the cast the best with all the shows. You look fabulous.

    1. There are lots of technical aspects with the choir of a 1000 voices recording (which my parents thought was a great way to portray a crowd scene) and the production team have a task to set this up in various different venues so it makes each performance fresh and new. Thank you Timothy :).
      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

      1. I can imagine the technical aspects can be challenging with each venue. It makes life interesting.

  3. Wow, great, congrats to you and the team ! Toi, Toi, Toi !!!!! Thanks to give all the date. it’s a little complicated for me at the moment with the preparation of my exhibition next year, but with possibilities until November, I’m almost sure we’ll see before the end of the year: – ) Best thoughts for you my dear talent Miss RainbowVoice !!! .

      1. First in France – plastian exhibition, creation on paper, on brushed aluminum, “kiss of the moon” and “teeshirt” …. And I would use the press book of this exhibition to solicit on UK .. I also think to solicit authors or directors to propose to them to make an exhibition on their show (creation made with shooting rehearsals or projection in the background as if it were the thoughts that accompany the texts .. .

    1. Thank you Sheila, it’s a great show to be a part of. I’m filming the opera on Friday, we’ve already recorded the music and then a show in Manchester where I’ve a few friends coming along so I’m excited for that.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. I love the adrenaline rush of an opening night, it really fires my excitement up a notch. Actually, that is what is great about touring a production every night seems like an opening night because you don’t know what the venue’s acoustics and stage will be like in advance.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you so much Resa, it’s a bit of a whirlwind hehe. I wish you were in England too. I’m not sure if the film will be available for general viewing but if it is I’ll share links to it.

      All my best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you Jorge, I had a chuckle the other day when I noticed Ivanka Trump photographed at the UN in a white power suit (with killer heels though) so the look must be in fashion.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. I had to really think about characterisation for Pandora because I wanted to show her as vulnerable but strong minded. Capable but ultimately misguided because she ends up doing Zeus bidding off her own back by falling for Epimetheus and opening the jar! D’oh.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

    1. Thank you the venue is a grade II listed building which was opened by the Queen after being refurbished.

      Best wishes
      Charlotte

  4. Charlotte, you look beautiful — prettier every year! You certainly do keep busy — how lucky you are to be working at something you love. But, you have earned it too, you have worked hard the whole time I have known you — what, six years now? Bravissma!

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