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OperaBabes back in Medway

Date: 23/09/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Classical songbirds The Operababes return to The Central Theatre in Chatham on Saturday, 18 October as part of a major UK tour. Rebecca Knight (Soprano) and Karen England (Mezzo Soprano) have brought opera to a whole new audience since they shot to fame seven years ago. Their enormous popularity lies in their crossover appeal, striving to make classical music more accessible to a wider audience, backed by an exceptional string quartet and pianist Their fairy tale success story began in 2001 when a Sony talent scout discovered Rebecca and Karen busking in Covent Garden to support their singing lessons. They were immediately invited to perform at the FA Cup final in front of five hundred million people across the world and at the UEFA Champions League in Milan, sparking a record company bidding war for their debut album, Beyond Imagination which shot to number one in the classical charts, remaining there for 11 weeks and selling over one million copies. Further high profile appearances followed, including a number of performances for the Queen at the Royal Albert Hall, the launch of the Commonwealth Games at Buckingham Palace and the Proms at the Palace for the Golden Jubilee celebrations. The duo also performed with Placido Domingo at Los Angeles Opera and made history by becoming the first classical act ever to perform in Las Vegas at the legendary Stardust Casino. The Central Theatre performance promises to be a beautiful evening of relaxing classics, featuring all the best loved arias and solos, from the haunting theme to Schindler's List to Cinema Paradiso, Clair De Lune, the Flower Duet from Lakme and many more, mixed with plenty of humour and fun to delight the fans and charm newcomers in equal measure. The show starts at 7.30pm, and tickets cost £18.50 and £17. To book please contact the box office on 01634 338338 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/theatrebooking ENDS Editors: For further information please contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk