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An evening with Reza Mahammad and Friends

An evening with Reza Mahammad and Friends

We are delighted to be teaming up with Reza and the Chez Cartier team to present a specially adapted version of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte on 4, 5 & 6 August 2017.

posterWhen opera singer Nicola Beckley visited her long-time friend Warwick Hewson, a pianist and business partner of Reza Mahammad, an idea was hatched.

Why not combine Reza’s love of opera with the musical talents of Warwick and friends against the backdrop of the beautiful Charente countryside. Fast forward a few months, add more talented friends, the support of Living Magazine, and Opera at Chez Cartier is now a reality.

For three evenings only, Chez Cartier presents Così Fan Tutte. Six soloists will be supported by a ten-piece orchestra under the guidance of illustrious director John Ramster and conductor Orlando Jopling. 

A unique adaptation has been scripted especially to be narrated by Reza.

On arrival at Chez Cartier, enjoy Champagne and canapés prepared by Reza before being seated for the first of the two acts. A 90-minute interval allows time to enjoy a picnic in the grounds before the sun sets and the second act begins. Throughout the evening, local cognac house Maison Bertrand will be offering a (payable) bar.

There are only 60 tickets available for each performance. Warwick explains: “We want to create a friendly and intimate evening, something truly exceptional that is also fun. We’ve been delighted that so many talented musicians have embraced the opportunity to come and experience the Charente welcome - it will be a night to remember for all our guests.”

Tickets cost 50€ per person. Doors will open at 6pm on Fri 4, Sat 5 and Sun 6 August. 

Reza Mahammad

For many in France, Reza shot to fame in A Place in France, followed by Delhi Belly, Coconut Coast and the United States of Reza. He now graces our screens on Good Morning, The One Show and has presented four series on The Food Network. When not presenting, Reza teaches at his cookery school in Charente.

Outside of work, Reza leans towards the arts and has a passion for music: “I have come to realize that food and music are linked. A symphony of taste which feeds the senses is like beautiful music which nourishes the soul.” 

John Ramster: Director

John is a director, writer and teacher. Born in the east of England, he studied history at Cambridge University, beginning his professional career as assistant to the late Clare Venables at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, then at the Glyndebourne Festival where he worked on over twenty shows as assistant director and revival director, working with directors such as Peter Sellars, Deborah Warner, Trevor Nunn and Graham Vick, among others. 

A teacher of drama specifically for opera singers for the last 19 years, his teaching career began with the Guildhall’s opera course and he has since taught or directed at all the main London colleges.

An elected Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, he has been the lecturer in drama at the Academy for ten years, teaching and directing scenes with all the vocal students there from undergraduate level through to the Royal Academy’s opera programme. 

Orlando Jopling: Conductor

orland-jopingOrlando is principal conductor of the 140-year-old Royal Orchestral Society in London which he has transformed into one of the leading non-professional orchestras in the country.

Since graduating from the National Opera Studio in London where he won the first Leonard Hancock scholarship, Orlando co-founded the modern opera company Tête à Tête and conducted over a dozen commissioned operas and the modern world première of Vivaldi’s lost opera ‘Orlando finto pazzo’.

After reading music at Trinity College Cambridge, Orlando studied conducting at the Royal Academy in London. He has assisted André Previn, Sir Colin Davis, Paul McGrath and Wyn Davies at some of the major UK opera companies including the Scottish Opera. 

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