The 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Opera Festival

Looking for an event where you can include the entire family? The newly rebranded Picoplat Music Development Foundation (formerly the Classical Musical Development Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago) is pleased to present its second annual, Trinidad and Tobago Opera Festival 2016 just in time for your Summer vacation. The festival runs from the July 01-10, 2016 at Queen’s Hall in Port of Spain.

The Opera Festival promises to be a celebration of great music and authentic Trinbagonian talent and will comprise several classical music events from opera, to master classes, the launch of a new cycle of songs from T&T composer Dominique LeGendre of ‘Jab Molassie’ fame and much more.

This year, the Trinidad and Tobago Opera Festival kicks off with a cocktail reception and a gala opening performance of the Tales of Hoffman, one of the most ravishing productions by German-born French composer, Jacques Offenbach.

The prowess of Trinidad and Tobago’s talent reign supreme through these performances.   Hoffmann, played by Raguel Gabriel recounts the stories of the fascinating women who captured his heart—Olympia (Natalia Dopwell), Giulietta (Stephanie Nahous) and Antonia (Cara Adams). Hoffmann's hopeless pursuit of romance, obstructed by menacing figures of darkness, ultimately leads him to understand the true meaning of being an artist.

Extraordinary work that is equal parts fantasy, realism, and genuine passion, the Tales of Hoffman includes other talented Trinidad and Tobago performers, including Shannon Navarro, Krisson Joseph, Rory Wallace and Nigel Floyd.

The Trinidad and Tobago Opera Music Festival is even more accessible to the public through several free admission events that caters to persons who never had the opportunity to experience an opera or who have never been exposed to classical music. The festival continues throughout this week with a free one-hour performance for school children on July 05 and a premiere of Domique LeGendre’s newly commissioned “Songs of the Islands” on July 08. The closing matinee of the Tales of Hoffman shows at the Queen’s Hall on July 10.

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