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Back by popular demand, Comic Opera returns for Red Nose Day 2022, after it gripped the nation last year and this time with a big dose of girl power!

This year BBC Radio 2 presenter Sara Cox will be on hand to support the all-female line up as they take on a medley of three Aria’s from the opera Carmen, all in aid of Comic Relief.

Taking to the stage is comedian and writer Rosie Jones, TV presenter Scarlett Moffatt and actors Helen George, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nina Wadia.

The leading ladies will be given just 24 hours together to learn one of opera’s most famous arias before performing it live on stage at The London Coliseum, accompanied by the ENO orchestra and chorus, in front of an audience of 2,000 die hard opera fans.

The celebrities will need to dig deep and work quickly to get to grips with this highly skilled classical art form in time for their big performance. Cameras will be with them every step of the way and during the evening crossing LIVE to the Coliseum on the big night to gauge the levels of tension, terror and tears before the nail biting moment when they step out on stage to face the biggest audience of their opera singing lives.

Rosie Jones said "It's a tremendous honour to take part in the Comic Opera for Comic Relief. I am terrified; I find it hard enough to talk, never mind sing opera!!! I love singing though, and I always belt out 80s bangers in the shower, so surely it's just like that...with a few more clothes on! Hopefully we can have a lot of fun, and raise a lot of money for Comic Relief at the same time."

Helen George said “I’m so excited to be included in this year’s Comic Opera with such a brilliant bunch of women. I’m sure my warbling will mainly be more "Comic" than "Opera", but looking forward to giving it a go.”

Tamzin Outhwaite said “I am so thrilled to be part of this incredible line up for Comic Opera! I am used to acting on stage not singing so I am really looking forward to trying something new and who knows maybe I can put Opera Singer on the CV! Jokes aside, Comic Relief is such an amazing charity and I just hope I can do the chosen song justice, and If I can’t, at least I’ve helped raise those all-important funds for those who are most in need.”

Nina Wadia said “Last year I learned to dance, and this year I am learning to sing operatic! Comic Relief is helping me tick something else off by bucket list, so how could I turn this opportunity down?! They do such fantastic work, and need every penny that the audience can donate, so the least I can do is give the performance of my lifetime at the London Coliseum.”

Scarlett Moffatt said “Being asked to take part in the Comic Opera amongst the rest of these brilliant ladies is incredibly exciting! I am so scared but totally up for the challenge because I’ve long been a fan of Red Nose Day, and the work Comic Relief does is just so important, so I really hope this helps people to donate donate donate!”

Sara Cox said “I can’t wait to stand in the wings and watch our 5 brave souls sing their hearts out for Comic Relief, I just hope you can hear their voices over the sound of their knees knocking together! There’ll be nerves, excitement and no doubt the odd duff note but our opera novices are doing it for the best cause in the world - Comic Relief”

Will our leading ladies hit the right note? Tune in to Red Nose Day 2022 from 7pm on Friday 18 March on BBC One and BBC iPlayer to find out!

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