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

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 28/6/17 KP

Dates for your Diary
Wed Feb 14th Gaetano DONIZETTI - ROSMONDA d'INGHILTERRA - The sad tale of Henry II's mistress, The Fair Rosamund, told in dramatic detail just as you remember it from your school history book.
Wed Feb 28th Hector BERLIOZ - BEATRICE ET BENEDICT after Much Ado about Nothing and his love of Shakespeare shines through. "...exuberant gaiety, only momentarily touched by sadness."
Wed Mar 14th Giacomo PUCCINI - TOSCA - His greatest drama; or "a shabby little shocker". Take your pick.
Wed Mar 28th Giuseppe VERDI - LA FORZA DEL DESTINO - Written for St Petersburg, and some say it shows, but it's as full of great music as Il Trovatore.
Wed Apr 11th Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART - COSI FAN TUTTE - Condemned by many, including Beethoven and once the Cinderella of his operas, but now many consider it to be his finest.
Wed Apr 25th Gioachino ROSSINI - ERMIONE - 'Treasured' by the composer. "... a work of great power and intensity, undeserving of neglect."
Wed May 9th Gaetano DONIZETTI - ANNA BOLENA - Ann Boleyn - A hit from the start and the first of a string of superb romantic tragedies.
Wed May 30th Bedrich SMETANA - THE BARTERED BRIDE (Prodanà Nevêsta) A popular folk opera 'full of spontaneous charm'
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