AN OPERA festival is bringing Mozart to England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse this summer.

The Essex Summer Opera Festival is coming to Layer Marney Tower for a three-day event to present a show sung in English at the historic palace.

The performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte will take place in the 16th century building of Layer Marney’s Quintin’s Barn.

Award-winning director Poppy Burton-Morgan will present the comedy about young lovers in romantic knots.

Gazette: The palace - Photograph: Layer Marney Tower

The performance will be sung by a cast of six with music by a miniature orchestra of seven.

The festival is presented by a new charity, Wild Arts, who hopes to bring world-class music and cultural experiences to the natural environment and communities in Essex.

Former Colchester resident and founder of the festival, Orlando Jopling, said: “It’s about time Essex was recognised as the vibrant and appealing region it is.

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“The rural Essex landscape is easily as stunning as neighbouring counties, with thriving communities, and we want to celebrate that.

Gazette: Smiley - dressed for the opera. Photograph: Wild Arts.

“Top quality cultural experiences belong here as much as in London and the other home counties.”

The festival is on from Thursday, July 7 until Sunday, July 10. Tickets range from £35.

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