Opera saved by young star

AN opera performance set for Ipswich has been saved from last minute cancellation after a stand-in was found to help keep the town's audience entertained.

AN opera performance set for Ipswich has been saved from last minute cancellation after a stand-in was found to help keep the town's audience entertained.

The Ellen Kent and Opera International company are set to appear at the Regent Theatre tonight with a performance of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Less than a week before the start of the company's tour, one of the key characters broke his arm and a replacement was needed.

Madama Butterfly has a child called Sorrow who is vital to the production, but the youngster playing sorry broke his arm, the company was forced to contact theatre schools around the country to find a replacement.

A replacement was found thanks to the Stagecoach Theatre Arts School and seven-year-old Nathan Rigg, from Colchester will now be playing Sorrow.

Liz White, of Ellen Kent and Opera International said: “Nathan Rigg is slight for his age with bags of confidence for his role on stage playing the part of the Sorrow.

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“Being a local child means that Nathan can take centre stage in front of his local supporters and his schooling has given him the confidence he needs for this fantastic part.”

Madama Butterfly will be at the Regent Theatre at 7.30pm.

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