Opera Appreciation

Tuesday, 6th April

A total of 10 were at the showing of “Fidelio” with 2 new members from ‘Give it a Go Day’ who also enjoyed Beethoven’s only opera in spite of the large amount of music he wrote in his lifetime, last year was the 250 year of his birth.
Next month on Tuesday, 6 April is Grand Opera at its best with “Semiramide”. The story is roughly taken from the life of a Babylonian Princess, the most powerful woman in Mesopotamian history. When her husband died in 812 BC, she became Regent or Queen helping to establish Political and Economic ties between two neighbouring Kingdoms of Babylon and Assyria.
The most important opera composer in the first half of the 19th century was Gioacchino Rossini who completed his opera Semiramide in 1823 which was a triumph on opening night. The opera requires hugh voices for its major roles, our performance is from the Metropolitan Opera, Chorus and orchestra all under the musical direction of James Conlon presented in December 1990. The overture alone is worth coming to see. This is Grand Opera at its best and a long one, so have someone else pick up the grandchildren from school.
Joan Sutherland first sang the role of Semiramide in 1962 at La Scala Milan going on to sing the role in Los Angeles, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, Florence, London & Chicago. However in the 1893-94 season at the Metropolitan, Nellie Melba sang the role of Semiramide and in the month preceding her Semiramide, she sang in the operas Lucia, Hamlet, Pagliacci and Rigoletto, then went on to sing Gounod’s Juliette, Elizabeth in Tannhauser and Elsa in Lohengrin. The reporter in New York wrote “now that’s what I call singers opera: name two singers today who could do the same! Name one!”

6th April, 2021 – Cancelled
U3A Opera Appreciation Group
We regret to advise that the meeting on Tuesday 6th April has been cancelled as the Co-Ordinator Noel Flor has been hospitalised and unable to be at the meeting. He looks forward to seeing you for the 4th May meeting.
We regret any inconvenience caused in this matter.
Enquiries please phone 0419668652

If anyone else is interested in attending, please contact Noel on 4942 4776.


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