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)
February 19th, Norma (Bellini) 2hr 34: The spectacular 2016 Royal Opera House production that interprets the piece in the context of modern religious fanaticism and war, with Sonya Yoncheva and Joseph Calleja.
Yoncheva sings Casta Diva - www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-6JhBYZCrw
March 18th, The Bartered Bride (Smetana) 2hr 18: A charming version made for TV in 1981 Czechoslovakia, reminiscent of a tourist folklore evening.
See excerpt: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqEOn5C9Gdo
April 15th, Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss) c2hr 25. Berhard Wächter and Brigitte Fassbaender in the most popular operetta of all time, bubbling with fun in this Bavarian Opera production.
May 20th, Giovanna d'Arco (Verdi) 2hr 10: Acclaimed 2017 La Scala production with Carlos Alvarez and Anna Nerebko (pictured left) that reinterprets this relatively early work in a compelling and persuasive new way. "A first night to remember" (The Guardian) http://bit.ly/2ZBhZRS
Watch La Scala trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIbu9JSCaYE
June 17th, Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck) 1hr 53: A Vienna opera production of 2015 that keeps the fairy-tale atmosphere of the Grimm brothers story.
Watch trailer from Vienna Opera: www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1ILxwlUpA
July 15th, Tiefland (Albert) 2hr 20: A reworking of what was one of Europe's most popular operas a century ago.
August 19th, La Boheme (Puccini) 1hr 55: An ideal dramatic pairing of Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon in this film version of the ROH production: "extraordinary" (Classic FM magazine), "beautifully sung" (The Observer).
See trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SNAeTk-ze0;
September 16th, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Monteverdi) 2hr 33: Early opera can be fun too, as shown in Zurich's witty production concerning gods and mortals.
Watch excerpt at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz-ezun8cCg
October 21st, Don Pasquale (Donizetti) 2hr: Eva Mei stars in this lively staging from Cagliari.
Watch her in this extract: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S00zrRIDkRk
November 18th, The Flying Dutchman (Wagner) 1hr 57. Intense drama in this classic 1974 film starring Donald McIntyre and Bavarian Opera.
December 16th, The golden cockerel (Rimsky-Korsakov) 2hr. An appropriately festive production from Moscow (pictured right).
See extract at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=snrmQmrQJjU