Paisley’s Operatic Premier
L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti, presented by Opera Bamba

Opera Bamba will be putting on the first opera in the history of Paisley this
November with their chamber production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Opera
Bamba is also the first opera company to be founded in Paisley.

The show will be held in Holy Trinity and St Barnabas on the 23rd and 24th of
November, 2017. Set in the 1920s Jazz age, this chamber production will feature
piano, trumpet and snare drum. The principal cast, with singers from all over the
world, will be accompanied by a chorus comprised of students at the RCS and
members of the Paisley Opera Project. You can read all about the performers on the
company website nearer the time.

Speaking about her passion for the show and the interesting choice of setting,
director Jasmine Munns had the following to say: “L’elisir d’amore was one of the
first works that really ignited my passion for opera, so to be directing it is a dream
come true for me. We’re really excited about putting a 20s spin on the production,
setting it in a speakeasy in 1920s Chicago as this was the era of the nouveau riche,
economic upswing, conmen, and corrupt law enforcement. These elements are
portrayed beautifully in this opera, and we look forward to presenting what will be
an entertaining show, both for the audience and for us”.

Company Director Mathew Oliver, himself a long-term Paisley resident, is eagerly
awaiting the culmination of a two year project. “This time last year we tried and
failed to put on Puccini’s La Boheme. We learned a huge amount from that
production and were able to use that, along with our brilliant new team, to put on a
string of successful smaller productions this year. It’s great to be able to say we
didn’t give up, and even better that we’re able to work with Paisley’s other opera
company – the Paisley Opera Project – to put on a premier of opera in Paisley.”

About Opera Bamba

Opera Bamba is founded on the belief that music is an essential part of life, and that
it brings people of all cultures and identities together. Opera Bamba strives to give
everyone a chance to witness opera, and for those looking to pursue a career in the
arts the opportunity to immerse themselves in high quality productions with likeminded

Opera Bamba was founded in January 2016 by Mathew Oliver and is currently led by
a production team consisting of Jasmine Munns (Artistic Director), Andrew Powis
(Music Director), Timothy Edmundson (Assist. Director/Secretary) and Mathew
Oliver (Company Director).

Contact for more information on Opera Bamba or any
upcoming productions.

Show details

23rd and 24th of November, 2017 at 7.15pm.
Holy Trinity and St. Barnabas, St James’ Place, St James’ Street, Paisley, PA3 2AF.
Tickets prices are £12/£15 and can be bought by going to, at Print and Copy IT, 61 High Street, Paisley or on
the door.
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