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May McFettridge to star in NI Opera charity gala performance

L-R Ben McAteer May McFettridge Maria McGrann Stephan Loges
L-R Maria McGrann Ben McAteer Stephan Loges with Artistic Director Walter Sutcliffe

The opening production of the Northern Ireland Opera's Die Fledermaus will see proceeds given to a Belfast homelessness charity.

The black tie charity gala performance in aid of the Welcome Organisation will take place at the Grand Opera House on September 15, 2019.

Die Fledermaus, translated as The Flittermouse or or The Bat, is a renowned opera by King of the Waltz: Johann Strauss.

Running from September 17-21, the production stars Ben McAteer, Maria McGrann, Stephan Loges and May McFettridge, who will take on the role of Frosch.

Founded in 1997, the Welcome Organisation provides a range of services to around 1,400 people affected by homelessness across greater Belfast every year.

Proceeds of £10 from each premium ticket will support the Welcome's priorities for 2019, namely the introduction of a mobile health unit to bring health care to rough sleepers and crisis accommodation for women which provides ten beds for some of the most vulnerable women in Belfast.

The womens' crisis accommodation currently faces a period of uncertainty as it located on property that is to be vested and therefore requires an urgent need to identify a suitable replacement property.

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