At Home - Opera
The Opera Group continues to ‘meet’ during Lock-down, but virtually…and will now also welcome any member of U3A who wishes to tap into our ‘At-Home’ programme. Operas are selected each month, from free performances on YouTube, and notified to all during the month, giving us the chance to view some or all of them in our own time. The programmes all have English subtitles, making it easy to follow the action. We share our views, comments and suggestions by emails forwarded to other group members or perhaps posted on this website.
We also meet 'live' on Zoom on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 10.30am. If you would like to join us, please email Alan Hobby by clicking the 'send a message' at top-right.
This month we have two popular operas, Puccini's Tosca and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Lots of good, well known tunes in both of them and a great chance to listen to them in context.
Set in Rome in June 1800 (during the Napoleonic wars and a time of great political unrest).
The plot centres around three main characters – Rome’s diva Floria Tosca, her lover Mario Cavaradossi (a painter and republican) and the corrupt Chief of Police, Baron Scarpia. Scarpia has long (and unsuccessfully) lusted after Tosca, and when he suspects Cavaradossi of assisting an escaped political prisoner, seizes the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.
The Marriage of Figaro
Figaro, servant to Count Almaviva, is about to marry Susanna, the Countess’s maid. Figaro’s preparing the room that the Count has assigned to them...
Marcellina is angry at Susanna for stealing Figaro away from her, while Dr Bartolo is angry at Figaro for making a fool of him in the past...
Cherubino, a young page, fancies anything in skirts, especially the gardener’s daughter, Barbarina...
Don Basilio, the music teacher is a troublemaker...
In Countess Rosina’s chambers
In the Count’s study
In the garden
Click the Tosca and Figaro links on the right to watch them.