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La Boheme comes to Leicester 13th March 2012 - Two tickets to give away

DESCRIBED as “genuinely exquisite”, with “extraordinary performances” *, Ellen Kent’s spring opera tour visits Leicester in March - with a brand new production of La Boheme.

Madama Butterfly and La Traviata delighted audiences back in the autumn and the new tour adds the romantic and emotional La Boheme – playing at just 16 of the 75 performances around the UK and Ireland.

The internationally acclaimed Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv, joined by a host of handpicked soloists from across the world, has been singing to rave reviews.

La Boheme comes to Leicester 13th March 2012

After a two-year break to concentrate on other projects, Ellen’s comeback tour has proved a triumph – prompting packed theatres and sackfuls of good-will messages.

The award-winning director and producer said: “It’s so rewarding to hear how much enjoyment people get from my operas. It’s good to know I haven’t lost my touch!”

And true to Kent form, the new production of La Boheme features a few surprises alongside the stunning sets and glorious music. Madama Butterfly and La Traviata both featured children from local weekend drama schools. Now the appeal has gone out for dogs and a brass band – as the new production introduces a local element to each venue.

The productions took 18 months to bring to stage – and have been well worth waiting for – with Russian designer Nadezhda Shvets praised for the gorgeous sets and the £25,000-worth of silk gowns, including antique wedding kimonos from Japan, borrowed from Ellen described as “ravishingly beautiful” **.

Ellen said: “I try to make my operas engaging and sometimes I get carried away with interesting additions but with these there is no spin – just the drama and the beauty. I honestly think they are the best I’ve ever done.”

Sung in Italian with English surtitles, La Boheme, based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de boheme, focuses on the love between seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo. After falling in love instantly, Rodolfo later leaves Mimi due to her flirtatious behaviour, although he wracked by guilt since their life together has probably worsened Mimi’s delicate constitution. In true tragic opera fashion, the pair reunite briefly at the end before Mimi dies.

Presented by Derek Block Concert Promotions, one of the biggest international promoters in the entertainments industry, the tour visits the De Montfort Hall in Leicester on March 13.

International sopranos Elena Dee and Maria Tsonina take the leading role of Mimi, while “ladies favourite” Andriy Perfilov is Rodolfo. They are joined by a 70-strong company including tenor Ruslan Zinevych, who has sung with Pavarotti and performed Ellen’s operas at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

New conductor Gheorghe Stanciu, artistic director of the Constanta Opera in Romania, has joined the tour, bringing a new focus to the music, provided by the esteemed Kharkiv Theatre Orchestra.

For further information on the 75-date UK and Ireland tour of Madama Butterfly, La Traviata and La Boheme, go to: www.ellenkent.com or Derek Block Classical Arts on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @DBClassicalArts.

To book tickets call the box office on 0116 233 3111

or go online at www.demontforthall.co.uk

== Ticket Giveaway ==

For a chance to Win two tickets to La Boheme simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page with your Full name, home address, email address, & telephone number.

The winner will be the first entry chosen at random.

Only one entry per person is permitted, this competition is only available to residents living in the UK. The closing date for this competition is February 28th 2012 (Full Terms and Conditions are listed at the bottom of this page)

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Full Terms and Conditions:

1. The competition is open to residents of the UK, (under 18's should ask parents for permission).

2. Only one entry per person. If you submit more than one entry only the first entry will be counted.

3. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. The winner will be drawn at random from all entries received by the closing date.

4. All entries must be received by the published closing date.

5. The winner will be notified by email and their name and the name of the county where they live may be published. The winner will be notified within seven days of the closing date of the competition. whereupon the winner shall have 14 days to redeem their prize.  If the prize has not been claimed by the announced winner, within the allotted time the prize will then be given to the runner up.

6. All prizes are non transferable and there are no cash alternatives.

7. The winners name will be published in the next issue. Note that by entering into this competition you agree to have your name released as the winner, should you be drawn as a winner of the prize.

8. The closing date for this competition is February 28th, 2012 at 11:59PM Good luck!