Bristol

Opera in Downend

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

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

Where is it: 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 Leader, just click on 'send a message' above, see the latest Annual Bulletin or News Sheet, or send an email to the Groups Co-ordinator via the Contacts page.

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

Updated 23/7/18 KP

Dates for your Diary
Wed Sep 5th VERDI - LA TRAVIATA - incredibly to us now this was not a success when first produced, now, of course, it is one of the great favourites.
Wed Sep 19th DONIZETTI - MARIA PADILLA - one of his most powerful scores though, as so often happens, it has been overshadowed by the more popular works.
Wed Oct 3rd BELLINI - IL PIRATA - This opera can make the claim to be the first full-bloodedly romantic opera to appear in Italy and its immediate success led to the composer's international fame.
Wed Oct 31st BALFE - THE MAID OF ARTOIS - a lighthearted (and sanitised) version of the Manon Lescaut story for the (just-pre) early Victorian stage in London.
Wed Nov 14th PUCCINI - LA RONDINE (The Swallow) - Conceived as a Viennese operetta but became Italian operetta until the Great War intervened. Only recently has this enchanting work become appreciated by a wider audience.
Wed Nov 28th DONIZETTI - L'ELISIR D'AMORE (The Love Potion) - A charming story and the earliest of his operas never to have left the standard repertoire.
Wed Dec 12th VERDI - I MASNADIERI (The Brigands - Schiller's Die Räuber)) An unsuccessful commission for London where the music was found to be 'disagreeably violent'.
Wed Jan 2nd OFFENBACH - LA PÉRICHOLE - An opéra bouffe set in 18th century Peru with all the usual silliness tinged with a sentimental vein. Considered risqué at its first London run with the G&S Trial by Jury.
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