Leaders - Colin Davison and co-ordinator Ann Pitcher
Contact - Colin on 01242 603317 or Ann on 01242 621328 or via the email link on this page
Venues – Burland Hall, Church Lane, Stanton, WR12 7NE and free parking
Meetings - 3rd Wednesday of each month 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Subscriptions - members to pay £20 for the year at their first meeting to include tea/coffee and biscuits.Newcomers can attend their first meeting without charge.
Meetings will include a short introduction of about 5 minutes followed by opera extracts with a break for refreshments (bring your own wine, if required)
January Wed 16, Samson et Delilah (Saint-Saens)
A real treasure – an early DVD recording from San Francisco of a young Placido Domingo in his prime, with the lovely African-American Shirley Verrett as his temptress.
February Wed 20, The Merry Widow (Lehar)
Among the most popular and greatest of all operettas, superbly cast with Thomas Allen and Renee Fleming in the title role, as seen at the Met in 2015.
March Wed 20, La Sonnambula (Bellini)
Bel canto stars Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Florez play the young lovers in the tale of a young girl whose sleepwalking puts her romance in jeopardy. Haunting melody and a beguiling Met production from 2010
April Wed 17, La Rondine (Puccini)
Another Met production, from 2009, starring real-life couple Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna in one of Puccini’s lesser-known but most ravishing operas.
May Wed 15, Peter Grimes (Britten).
A terrific, and moving production by David Pountney, originally for Covent Garden, and revived here by Zurich opera.
June Wed 19, Il Trovatore (Verdi)
Not just the Anvil Chorus but melody and drama from start to finish, probably more memorable arias than in any other Verdi opera – and that’s saying something.
July Wed 17, To be decided
Possibly The Bartered Bride (Smetana), or Rusalka (Dvorak), or a double bill such as Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartok) and Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)