Crowdfunding to make Lissie an opera star

Lissie Allsopp from Heath and Reach who is crowdfunding to pay for an opera course

Lissie Allsopp from Heath and Reach who is crowdfunding to pay for an opera course

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A Leighton lass who claims she has music and theatre in her blood is turning to crowdfunding to realise her ambition to become an opera singer.

Elysia ‘Lissie’ Allsopp, 22, says: “I was brought up in the theatre, literally.

“My parents ran Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre (LBCT) and my babysitters were members of the cast. I can remember watching countless shows, sitting wide-eyed on my grandfather’s lap.”

She recalls being too shy to stand on the stage but one day her desire outweighed her fear and she found herself performing. “And from that moment I was hooked,” she smiles.

The former Vandyke student has been awarded a place on the prestigious Associated Studios full-time opera course but doesn’t have enough money to cover the estimated £20,000 cost.

In an innovative move, she’s already raised enough to pay the course deposit through crowdfunding.

Lissie is also putting on a series of concerts to help fund her future career.

The first takes place at Leighton Buzzard Football Club on Wednesday, August 19, when she’ll be appearing with her friend Seb Cridland, who’s also paying his way through Guildford Drama School. The second is a cabaret at St Leonard’s church hall in Heath and Reach on August 25 and there’s another bigger event planned for the spring.

Lissie says she was “overjoyed and excited” when she auditioned successfully for Associated Studios and is determined the small matter of a few thousand pounds won’t stand in the way of achieving her dream.

Her love of opera started when she was about 15. “My time with LBCT gave me an incredible perspective,” she says. “It taught me always to work as a team and to remain humble, even in the spotlight.”

She has performed with the Dorset Opera Festival Summer School and took part in the Carmelites Project at the Royal Opera House. She is also involved in Vivo D’arte, a performance company based in Tring.

> Concert details available at www.facebook.com/asummerofsong

Help Lissie achieve her dream at www.gofundme.com/elysiaoperafund