A talented schoolboy is due to make his operatic debut this week.

Singing the part of Orgando in Handel’s Amadigi, Samuel Hitchcock’s performance takes place on Wednesday, October 27 at Bradford on Avon’s Wiltshire Music Centre.

This is part of the English Touring Opera’s ongoing countrywide tour.

“I was very happy to get the news! I was quite excited because I’ve never done an opera before, so I knew it was going to be a new experience,” said Sam, from Devizes. 

“Wiltshire Youth Choir prepared me as it has given me experience in learning pieces quicker – I feel more confident and that I can get it right more of the time.”

“I’m looking forward to the audience reaction on the night.”

Wiltshire Youth choir is a new choir for young people between 12 and 18.

As part of the ETO’s countrywide tour of Amadigi, the role of Orgando is in each venue taken by a local singer through an open audition process.

“We are delighted to have Sam singing the role of Orgando at the Wiltshire Music Centre,“ said Bradley Travis, Associate Artist at ETO.

“Sam has a strong, vibrant voice that is full of character and perfect for the role.”

“Engaging with different local young artists in each venue is really important to us so having Sam, a member of the Wiltshire Youth Choir perform with us in Bradford-on-Avon is absolutely fantastic.”

“We hope that he will enjoy the experience and take it forward with him in his musical life.”

The title of Amadigi is sung by Tim Morgan and Francesca Chiejina takes the part of Melissa.

This production is conducted by Jonathan Peter Kenny and directed by James Conway.

Wednesday’s show begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £27 for adults and £14.50 for under 18s and students.