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You may think opera and football make unlikely bedfellows, but thanks to a talented creative team and a pretty special location, MIRACLE! An Opera Of Two Halves looks set to be quite the spectacular. Taking place at Sunderland Minster from Friday 27th until Sunday 29th November, the opera is set amongst the backdrop of familiar local landmarks, including The Stadium of Light and Roker beach; the production has been put together by award-winning North East author David Almond, internationally renowned composer Marcos Fernandez and director Annie Rigby.

The Sunderland AFC team need a miracle to avoid relegation, so God takes pity on the Black Cats and sends his angel Angelo to play in red and white. Angelo falls in love with the town and a local lass from Pennywell. “MIRACLE! is a football opera for Sunderland.” Says David Almond. “It’s sung in the lovely Sunderland voice. It’s driven by the chanting and singing of the crowd, and by a love of the beautiful game. It’s an opera that’s filled, like football itself, with reckless hope and dread despair.”

Local singers will bulk out the cast of professional soloists, with commissioners Music In The Minster encouraging local people to take part.

MIRACLE! An Opera Of Two Halves is at Sunderland Minster from Friday 27th until Sunday 29th November.

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