FOLLOWING on from the spectacular success of Tosca in 2014, Bowdon Festival Opera is presenting a unique concert performance of Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly for one night only.

The principal roles are to be played by soloists from all over the UK and some flying in especially from Ireland. Experienced singers such as Jayne Wilson, Bowdon Festival artistic director, taking the role of Madama Butterfly, and American Emily Howard Cobley, who has performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera House, will be supported by students from leading music institutions such as the RNCM, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama.

St Mary’s Church, Bowdon, which will be transformed for the night into an opera house. The Bowdon Festival Chorus will appear again and will include singers Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School and local choral societies. Indoor picnic tables for before the performance can be booked, adding to the 'Glyndeborne' feel of the night.

Bowdon Festival aims to offer young singers the opportunity to sing alongside experienced musicians – as well as offer the audience the chance to experience opera, possibly for the first time, at a modest price in the magical setting of St Mary’s. The event has established its position in the community and on the local arts scene over the past three years.

Chairman, Susan Sinagola said: “Bowdon Festival is now well established and we are delighted to be able to stage ambitious projects such as this. Local singers and Bowdon Youth Festival winners have the opportunity to work with stunning professionals. Last year we were almost turning people away on the night, so we encourage people to buy tickets early.”

* The concert takes place at St Mary’s Church, Bowdon on June 27 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available from Dawsons (Altrincham), Sealpoint (Hale) or at Bowdon Parish Office. More information on ticket purchasing and table booking at