Opera Appreciation

Now the Opera House does not close over the “holiday festive Season” as during this period is when they make their money, so the opera for January 2020 is by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, “Don Pasquale”. He is an elderly bachelor who decides to marry and breaks the news of his impending wedding to Ernesto, his nephew, cutting him out of any inheritance and telling him he must leave the house. What fun this opera is with one of the most famous buffo duets in Italian opera –John Del Carlo is Don Pasquale, Eanesto is sung by Matthew Polenzani and with Anna Netaebko as Norina. From the Metropolitan Opera New York, James Leine conductor.

February 2020

A total of 12 members attended the first showing of Verdi’s opera “Giovanna d’Arco” with no, new members from ‘Give it a go day’. However next month, Tuesday 17th March there is something different in Robert is accused of treason by others in the Court. Elizabeth, the Queen, will not accept the death sentence passed by the House of Lords and plans on giving a Royal pardon, but how?
The opera proved to be a huge success and was performed regularly until 1882. Our production from 1975 feature s the American soprano Beverly Sills as Queen Elizabeth. Winthrop Sargeant wrote in the New Yorker “She was Elizabeth I from the extreme pallor of her makeup to the Royal sweep of her train!” Julius Rudel conducts the Filene Centre Orchestra and Wolf Trap Company Chorus.

March

This month, Tuesday 17th March there is something different in Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “Roberto Deveraux, Earl of Essex” based on the Tudor reign of Elizabeth I with the story beginning in London at the end of the sixteenth century.
Robert is accused of treason by others in the Court and Elizabeth, the Queen, will not accept the death sentence passed by the House of Lords and plans on giving a Royal Pardon, but how? The opera proved to be a huge success and was performed regularly until 1882. Our production from 1975 features the American soprano Beverly Sills as Queen Elizabeth.
Winthrop Sargeant wrote in the New Yorker “She was Elizabeth I from the extreme pallor of her makeup to the Royal sweep of her train!” Julius Rudel conducts the Filene Centre Orchestra and Wolf Trap Company Chorus.

AS FROM MONDAY 16TH MARCH ALL U3A CLASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CONCERN AND WILL BE REVIEWED 20TH APRIL

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