Our Opera Appreciation group meets on the fourth Monday in the month starting at 1.45pm at Tesco Community Room.
What a year! It started with a case of desertion in Japan and went on through a brother and sister escaping being turned into gingerbread, a courtesan dying of consumption (but only after major partying), a vengeful Chinese princess meeting her match, (nearly) a very lively take on a major French satire and the “hot” demise of a notorious rake and seducer.
We have only looked at 18th, 19th and early 20th century opera so far, but would like to broaden our scope. There are many more composers to consider – Claudio Monteverdi, Christoph Gluck, John Adams and Mark-Anthony Turnage perhaps. But the classic repertoire of Puccini, Mozart and Verdi is probably the favourite of our members, so I imagine we will be returning to that time and time again.
With live relays broadcast to cinemas from the Royal Opera House and other venues from time to time, we should take every opportunity to enjoy this spectacular art form. It combines innovative costume and set design (sometimes technically challenging), sublime music, dramatic story lines, exquisite singing (both soloists and chorus), occasional dance and, increasingly, good acting.
Come and join us – we’ve a lot more to experience. One estimate of the number of operas and operettas written up until 1905 is over 42,000!
That’s over 100 years ago and we’ve had a few more since then.
So do come and join us - all are welcome even if you have never heard opera before.
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