Newport Opera House Takes Performance to The Audience

(Newport Seen, By Linda Phillips) 

We can’t call it “taking it to the streets,” but the Newport Opera House, now under ambitious restoration, took it to the Bellevue Avenue mansions, as the staff staged a recital at Swanhurst by gifted soprano Diana McVey.

After cocktails in the garden, Ms. McVey, a lovely blonde with a thrilling voice, sang both operatic arias and a show tune or two for the audience of supporters. From “Musetta’s Waltz” to Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” her renditions were lovely.

Hosts James Day and Susan King greeted guests to the restored mansion, years ago the scene of a Newport Showhouse, sponsored by the now inactive Newport Showhouse Guild.

According to Liz Drayton, the Newport Opera House is showing its future audiences the type and quality of the performances that it will host upon completion of the historic building on Washington Square.

In the meanwhile, watch for outstanding performances elsewhere.

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