Eleanor comes to the aid of the opera

Eleanor Dennis

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Ellon soprano Eleanor Dennis is preparing to return to the North-east to help out her former choral society.

Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society were given the news this week, after the singer who was to play the role of Musetta in their forthcoming production of Puccini’s La Boheme pulled out.

Eleanor jumped at the chance to return to her Haddo roots for the performances on April 18 and 19.

She started singing at Haddo at the age of four, appearing in most of their operatic productions through the 90s up until 2007. Eleanor then went to London to study at the Royal College of Music.

She will come hot foot from performing another Puccini role, Lui, in Turandot, which features the famous aria for tenor, Nessun Dorma, on March 30 at the Usher Hall with Scottish Opera, appearing alongside some famous names in opera.

Until then, Eleanor is at English National Opera in London’s West End, understudying the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda and is on call to replace superstar Rebecca Evans if any problems arise.

She will also appear at Aberdeen’s Music Hall on May 24 in a concert with the Aberdeen Bach Choir.

Eleanor is excited to return to her roots to play the feisty, good-time girl Musetta for the first time in her career.

She said: “I am happy to help my home choral society out, and am really looking forward to spending 10 days up there.

“It’s also lovely that the role of Mimi is being played by my best friend and bridesmaid Natasha Day - we will have great fun together.

“The line-up of soloists looks fantastic and it promises to be a lovely production.”

Tickets for La Boheme are £16 and £8 for under 26s and are on sale from www.hhcos.org.uk/boxoffice or by calling 01651 851111.

The performances at Haddo House Hall will be at 7.30pm.