A packed audience enjoyed a performance of La Traviata in the intimate setting of the Deanery at Canterbury Cathedral on Friday evening.
More than 100 attended and they were treated to a specially arranged chamber version of Guiseppi Verdi’s opera sung in Italian.
The lead role of Violetta was performed by highly-esteemed Canterbury soprano, Penelope Martin-Smith. The part of her hapless lover, Alfredo, was interpreted by Paul Young, Director of Music at Dover College and Lay Clerk of the Cathedral Choir. His meddling father, Germont, was played by Peter Cox, formerly long-serving member of the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne. Other members were Sophie Hopkins, soprano, and William Inscoe, baritone.
The performance was accompanied at the piano by David Newsholme, the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist, together with string quartet, The Preston Quartet.
All proceeds from the evening will be donated to Porchlight, the charity which supports vulnerable and homeless people in Kent.