Opera Evenings, Downend
What DVD showings of opera or related themes
When Thursday evenings perhaps twice a month commencing at 7pm
It is important that those wishing to attend are at the front door at 6.50pm so that they can be admitted. If late, they'll need to text for the door to be opened.
Where Castle Suite, Badminton Gardens, Beaufort Road, Downend BS16 6UE
Where possible a DVD of the previous week's presentation opera (see the group 'Opera in Downend') will be shown, otherwise a DVD of particular interest.
Next meeting 13 Sept 2018
For further information, click on the 'pigeon post' ('Send a Message') at the top right of the page and fill in the email form, or look in the Bulletin or latest News Sheet for contact details.
Just turn up, with Membership card; Fully accessible; Ample on-site parking; Bus stop 2 mins
Updated 23/7/18 KP
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Dec 20th||AMBROISE THOMAS - HAMLET - A drastic, but ingenious reduction, this Hamlet obeys the laws not of Elizabethan tragedy but of French Grand Opera. Natalie Dessay and Simon Keenlyside at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona (176 mins)|
|Thu Jan 3rd||JACQUES OFFENBACH - LA GRANDE DUCHESSE DE GÉROLSTEIN The inimitable Felicity Lott as the Grand Duchess in Laurent Pelly's delightfully witty production for Grenoble (154 mins)|
|Thu Jan 17th||GIUSEPPE VERDI - STIFFELIO Placido Domingo, Sharon Sweet & Paul Plishka in this tale of treachery, adultery, revenge and forgiveness - one of his boldest subjects and hidden until the 1960's (115 mins)|
|Thu Jan 31st||WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - THE MAGIC FLUTE Kenneth Brannagh's film set on the eve of the First World War, with an English libretto by Stephen Fry. "Astonishing" "Spectacular" "Wondrous" "Branagh brings magic and a new life to Mozart" (134 mins)|
|Thu Feb 14th||GAETANO DONIZETTI - LUCREZIA BORGIA The sensational plot caused many problems but the superb score kept it in the repertoire. Edita Gruberova in top form in a production from Bavarian State Opera (133 mins)|
|Thu Feb 28th||GIACOMO MEYERBEER - IL CROCIATO IN EGITTO - The Egyptian Crusade - Patrizia Ciofi, Laura Polverelli and the American male soprano Michael Maniaci from La Fenice, Venice. This was his last work written for Italian audiences and the last major operatic role for castrato. (208 mins)|
|Thu Mar 14th||LUIGI & FEDERICO RICCI - CRISPINO E LA COMARE - Crispin and the Fairy Godmother A gem from the Martina Franca Festival and one of the last examples of the Neapolitan buffo tradition. (??? mins)|
|Thu Mar 28th||GIOACHINO ROSSINI - SEMIRAMIDE His last Italian opera - a consolidation of his past triumphs and a step towards his future French ones. Marilyn Horne, Stanford Olsen, June Anderson & Samuel Ramey in a classic production.|
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