OPERA Worcester says it is delighted to have attracted local business sponsorship for the very first time this year.

Both Kings School Worcester and Holden Vintage and Classic have agreed to sponsor characters within The Marriage of Figaro, which opens this week, with Kings School sponsoring Michael Burgess who sings Don Basilio and Holden Morgan sponsoring the title role of Figaro.

Aaron Prewer Jenkinson, who will sing the title role of ‘Figaro’ in the Opera Worcester production recently tried out his driving skills in a Morgan at Holden Vintage and Classic in Bromyard.

A spokesman said: “The production has been updated to the 1900s so having the opportunity to try out his driving skills in a beautiful vintage car was something Aaron couldn’t resist!”

Opera Worcester (formerly Great Witley Operatic Society) has its origins in the Worcestershire village of Great Witley.

Established in 1952, and now named Opera Worcester, it attracts singers from all over Worcestershire and from as far afield as Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Wales. Its aim is to bring together singers of all ages to perform.

The spokesman added: “Opera Worcester’s repertoire is varied and now includes Grand Opera, as well as musicals and light opera. It also performs concerts in the summer to raise money for local charities.”

Jeremy Holden, Chairman of Holden Vintage and Classic commented “We are really pleased to be able to support young performers, especially if they are local and we are very happy to associate ourselves with Opera Worcester who are looking to introduce live opera back to the area.”

Opera Worcester’s production of The Marriage of Figaro can be seen at The Swan Theatre, Worcester from March 15 to March 17.

Tickets are currently available on 07396 081426 or Worcester Live on 01905 611427 or by email on info@operaworcester.uk

Further details can be found at www.operaworcester.co.uk