Bristol

Opera in Downend

What it is: Each session is a presentation with CD, or where possible DVD, of an opera, opera history or perhaps the works of a composer, with short musical illustrations and discussion on the work(s).

When it is: Generally fortnightly on Wednesdays 10 am coffee (and very nice biscuits) for prompt 10.30 start and we finish by noon.

Where it is: Castle Suite, Badminton Gardens, Beaufort Rd, Downend BS16 6UE

We look at a wide range of opera from late 18th to early 20th century. The operas customarily chosen are often unfashionable or ones which for reasons of practicality such as requiring six tenors, having parts too risky to perform live or impractical changes of scenery, are not often found in the repertoire of opera companies in the UK - but then we don't have to look at the box office take. However, the operas are always interesting and with attractive music and most of us learn something each time. The important thing is that we enjoy what we do.

For further information or to contact the Group Convenor, just click on the pigeon 'send a message' link, see the latest Annual Bulletin or Newsletter, or send an email to the Groups Co-ordinator via the Contact Us page.

Just turn up. Easy access. Parking nearby. 2 mins to nearest bus stop.

Updated 05/07/2019

Dates for your Diary
Wed Oct 30th GIOACHINO ROSSINI - LE COMTE ORY with Juan Diego Flórez, Diana Damrau and Joyce Di Donato the perfect line-up for this opera with an unbelievably silly story but some of Rossini's most magnificent music, sparkling with Gallic wit and charm.
Wed Nov 13th GIACOMO PUCCINI - TURANDOT - Franco Zeffirelli's spectacular production for the Met with Plácido Domingo, Eva Marton and Paul Plishka. Superb dramatic pacing and musical invention.
Wed Dec 4th GAETANO DONIZETTI - LINDA DI CHAMOUNIX - a late work with a rich musical setting of a drama that sometimes stretches credibility to its limits. Gruberova stars in this Zurich Opera production.
Wed Dec 18th FRANZ LEHAR - DER ZAREWITSCH - A colourful, nostalgia-filled film-treatment of Lehar's Russian operetta about the tsar's melancholy son who falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful dancer. "Flawless ... a beautifully sung performance"
More Group Pages
Architecture, Henleaze Art Appreciation, Stoke Bishop Art Group for All Art History, Stoke Bishop
Art on Show, South & Central Bristol Autobiography & Biography, Horfield Biography, Bishopston Bird Recognition for Beginners
Birds on the Wing Book Study, Westbury-on-Trym Bowls, indoor - an introduction Bristol U3A Band
Bronte Sisters Study Group Calligraphy, Bishopston Chaucer - Canterbury Tales Choral Singing, Knowle
Cinema - Iconic Films Cinema - World Cinema, Henleaze Cinema Group, Harbourside Colston Group, North-East Bristol
Computer Group, Clifton Computer Group, Redland Computing & Technology, Westbury Fields Creative Writing, South Bristol
Creative Writing, Westbury-on-Trym Cricket Watching Current Affairs, Clifton Current Affairs, Downend
Current Affairs, Filton Current Affairs, Frenchay Current Affairs, Henleaze Current Affairs, Knowle
Cycling Group Discovering Villages/Visiting Villages Discussing Democracy, Henleaze Economics, Westbury-on-Trym
Enjoying Shakespeare, BS9 Environment Matters Ethics, Downend Ethics, Henleaze
Ethics, Southville Exploring Happiness, Fishponds Exploring Humanism Family History, Henleaze
French Conversation Intermediate French Conversation, BS4 French Conversation, Downend French Conversation, South Bristol
French Conversation, Southville French Conversation, Westbury-On-Trym French Discussion, Henleaze French, Advanced
From Plot to Plate, Bishopsworth Further French, Westbury-On-Trym Gardens Group, Bristol Gardens: In My Back Yard, South Bristol
Genealogy, Whitchurch Geology German Conversation, Harbourside German Self Study, Near-Beginners
Historic Pubs of Bristol Homeopathy, Montpelier Hot Topics, Fishponds Italian Conversation, Fishponds
Italian for Beginners, Fishponds Italian Intermediate, Bedminster Italian, Henleaze Jazz Appreciation 1
Jazz Group 2, North Bristol Latin in Bedminster Latin in Clifton Lawn Bowls, Beginners
Literature Group, Wednesday Looking at Art, Redland Lunch Club, North-East Bristol Lunch Group, Cosmopolitan
Lunch Group, South Bristol Mahjong, Westbury-on-Trym Mandarin for Beginners, Southville Mathematics for Pleasure
Money Matters, Clifton Village Motorcycling Group Music of your Choice, Henleaze Music, the Blues and its Branches
Opera for All, Broadmead Opera in Downend Photography Group Poetry Reading Group,Fishponds
Poetry Writing, Redland Politics: A Brave New World, Redland Quizzing at Home Reading Group - Shaldon
Reading Group, Bedminster Reading Group, Bishopston Reading Group, Downend Reading Group, Fishponds
Recorder Group 1, Bedminster Recorder Group 2 Science & Engineering, Westbury Fields Scrabble & Coffee, Central Bristol
Scrabble at The Beehive, Horfield Scrabble, Harbourside Short Story Group, Bedminster Show Time! Downend
Snooker, Horfield Social Group, Bedminster Social Group, Bishopston Social Group, BS4 (Knowle & Brislington)
Social Group, Downend and NE Bristol Social Group, Fishponds Social Group, Frenchay and Stapleton Social Group, Henleaze 1 (Monday)
Social Group, Henleaze 2 (Thursday) Social Group, Henleaze 3 (Monday) Social Group, Horfield Social Group, Redland & Cotham
Social History, Fishponds Solo Whist, The Watershed Solos - Central Someone To Go With
Spanish for Post-Beginners, Bishopsworth Spanish Intermediate 2 Spanish Intermediate, Fishponds Spanish Post Intermediate Conversation
Spanish Post-Intermediate Discussion Strollers Table Tennis, Downend Table Tennis, Horfield
Tai Chigong for All, Westbury-on-Trym Textiles South of the River Textiles, Crafts, Needlework Theatre Group, Central
Topical Issues, Sneyd Park Travellers Unlimited, Clifton Village Treasure Hunt Group Ukelele 2, Speedwell Strummers
Ukulele, Bedminster Walking Group Walking Group, Fishponds Walking South
Watercolour for Beginners, BS7 Watercolour for Pleasure, BS7 What makes the English Landscape? Yoga, Brislington
More Group Pages
Architecture, Henleaze Art Appreciation, Stoke Bishop
Art Group for All Art History, Stoke Bishop
Art on Show, South & Central Bristol Autobiography & Biography, Horfield
Biography, Bishopston Bird Recognition for Beginners
Birds on the Wing Book Study, Westbury-on-Trym
Bowls, indoor - an introduction Bristol U3A Band
Bronte Sisters Study Group Calligraphy, Bishopston
Chaucer - Canterbury Tales Choral Singing, Knowle
Cinema - Iconic Films Cinema - World Cinema, Henleaze
Cinema Group, Harbourside Colston Group, North-East Bristol
Computer Group, Clifton Computer Group, Redland
Computing & Technology, Westbury Fields Creative Writing, South Bristol
Creative Writing, Westbury-on-Trym Cricket Watching
Current Affairs, Clifton Current Affairs, Downend
Current Affairs, Filton Current Affairs, Frenchay
Current Affairs, Henleaze Current Affairs, Knowle
Cycling Group Discovering Villages/Visiting Villages
Discussing Democracy, Henleaze Economics, Westbury-on-Trym
Enjoying Shakespeare, BS9 Environment Matters
Ethics, Downend Ethics, Henleaze
Ethics, Southville Exploring Happiness, Fishponds
Exploring Humanism Family History, Henleaze
French Conversation Intermediate French Conversation, BS4
French Conversation, Downend French Conversation, South Bristol
French Conversation, Southville French Conversation, Westbury-On-Trym
French Discussion, Henleaze French, Advanced
From Plot to Plate, Bishopsworth Further French, Westbury-On-Trym
Gardens Group, Bristol Gardens: In My Back Yard, South Bristol
Genealogy, Whitchurch Geology
German Conversation, Harbourside German Self Study, Near-Beginners
Historic Pubs of Bristol Homeopathy, Montpelier
Hot Topics, Fishponds Italian Conversation, Fishponds
Italian for Beginners, Fishponds Italian Intermediate, Bedminster
Italian, Henleaze Jazz Appreciation 1
Jazz Group 2, North Bristol Latin in Bedminster
Latin in Clifton Lawn Bowls, Beginners
Literature Group, Wednesday Looking at Art, Redland
Lunch Club, North-East Bristol Lunch Group, Cosmopolitan
Lunch Group, South Bristol Mahjong, Westbury-on-Trym
Mandarin for Beginners, Southville Mathematics for Pleasure
Money Matters, Clifton Village Motorcycling Group
Music of your Choice, Henleaze Music, the Blues and its Branches
Opera for All, Broadmead Opera in Downend
Photography Group Poetry Reading Group,Fishponds
Poetry Writing, Redland Politics: A Brave New World, Redland
Quizzing at Home Reading Group - Shaldon
Reading Group, Bedminster Reading Group, Bishopston
Reading Group, Downend Reading Group, Fishponds
Recorder Group 1, Bedminster Recorder Group 2
Science & Engineering, Westbury Fields Scrabble & Coffee, Central Bristol
Scrabble at The Beehive, Horfield Scrabble, Harbourside
Short Story Group, Bedminster Show Time! Downend
Snooker, Horfield Social Group, Bedminster
Social Group, Bishopston Social Group, BS4 (Knowle & Brislington)
Social Group, Downend and NE Bristol Social Group, Fishponds
Social Group, Frenchay and Stapleton Social Group, Henleaze 1 (Monday)
Social Group, Henleaze 2 (Thursday) Social Group, Henleaze 3 (Monday)
Social Group, Horfield Social Group, Redland & Cotham
Social History, Fishponds Solo Whist, The Watershed
Solos - Central Someone To Go With
Spanish for Post-Beginners, Bishopsworth Spanish Intermediate 2
Spanish Intermediate, Fishponds Spanish Post Intermediate Conversation
Spanish Post-Intermediate Discussion Strollers
Table Tennis, Downend Table Tennis, Horfield
Tai Chigong for All, Westbury-on-Trym Textiles South of the River
Textiles, Crafts, Needlework Theatre Group, Central
Topical Issues, Sneyd Park Travellers Unlimited, Clifton Village
Treasure Hunt Group Ukelele 2, Speedwell Strummers
Ukulele, Bedminster Walking Group
Walking Group, Fishponds Walking South
Watercolour for Beginners, BS7 Watercolour for Pleasure, BS7
What makes the English Landscape? Yoga, Brislington