2024 Operas

By | December 29, 2023

Wednesday 19th June 2024 at 1.00pm

Rigoletto – Guiseppe Verdi

Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the 1832 play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851.

“A brilliant performance despite it taking place as long ago as
1977. A comparatively young Placido Domingo sang the duke
as well as any I’ve heard and I also thought the Rigoletto was
the best I’d seen and Ileana Cotrubas a very good Gilda even
though she looked a bit more than 18.”

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Wednesday 15th May 2024 at 1.00pm

Nabucco – Guiseppe Verdi

The success of Verdi’s third opera, a stirring drama about the
fall of ancient Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar
(Nabucco), catapulted the 28-year-old composer to
international fame. The music and Verdi himself were
subsumed into a surge of patriotic fervor culminating in the
foundation of the modern nation of Italy. Specifically, the
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (“Va, pensiero”), in which the
Israelites express their longing for their homeland, came to
stand for the country’s aspirations for unity and that exciting era
in Italian history, the Risorgimento, or “Resurgence.”


Synopsis here:


Wednesday 17th April 2024 at 1.00pm


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Lotfi Mansouri’s spectacular last production as General Director of The San Francisco Opera with Yvonne Kenny making her debut in the title role, new dialogue specially commissioned from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Wendy Wasserstein and an original ballet to set the scene Chez Maxime bringing fresh insight into Lehár’s classic operetta.

“Recorded live in San Fransisco in December 2001, this is about as lavish a production of Franz Lehár’s adorable operetta as you are ever likely to see…soprano Yvonne Kenny is perfectly cast in the title role.”              (Classic FM)

Synopsis Here

Wednesday 20th March 2024 at 1.00pm

TANNHÄUSER – Richard Wagner

Tannhauser cover picture

from the Bayreuth Festival


You may think that all operas composed by Wilhelm Richard Wagner are difficult and are long. But, this opera, “Tannhauser,” is one of the easiest operas of Wagner’s. You can understand that music and story. Wagner often deals with some issues such as love, death, salvation in his operas. You can also understand these general ideas of Wagner’s.

The music in this opera is easy, and you may know some famous melodies. This opera’s overture especially consists of many kinds of motif in this opera. If you listen to the overture many times, you can understand Wagner’s music more easily.

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Wednesday 21st Febuary 2024 at 1.00pm

Turandot  – Puccini.  with Marton, Domingo, Mitchell

TurandotMetropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra directed by Franco Zeffirelli

Franco Zeffirelli’s sumptuous production of Puccini’s final opera has been a Met favourite ever since its 1987 premiere run, captured in this telecast. James Levine brings out all the color and drama of the composer’s most ambitious score, leading a stellar cast:

Plácido Domingo is Calàf, the unknown prince, Eva Marton sings the title role of the icy princess, Leona Mitchell is Liù, the innocent slave girl, and Paul Plishka plays Timur, Calàf’s father. Veteran tenor Hugues Cuénod, at 85, sings the ancient Emperor Altoum, in his Met debut.


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Wednesday 17th January 2024 at 1.00pm

IOLANTHE – Gilbert and Sullivan 

or The Peer and the Peri 

is a comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, first performed in 1882. It is one of the Savoy operas and is the seventh of fourteen operatic collaborations by Gilbert and Sullivan. In the opera, the fairy Iolanthe has been banished from fairyland because she married a mortal; this is forbidden by fairy law. Her son, Strephon, is an Arcadian shepherd who wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward of Chancery. All the members of the House of Peers also want to marry Phyllis. When Phyllis sees Strephon hugging a young woman (not knowing that it is his mother – immortal fairies all appear young), she assumes the worst and sets off a climactic confrontation between the peers and the fairies. The opera satirises many aspects of British government, law and society. The confrontation between the fairies and the peers is a version of one of Gilbert’s favourite themes: a tranquil civilisation of women is disrupted by a male-dominated world through the discovery of mortal love.








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