Programme for Summer 2020.
A blend of French opéra comique and Italian opera buffa, “L’Elisir d’Amore” alternates the lightest of music with dazzling melodies. The full art of bel canto can be found in the virtuosity of the arias, duets and trios of this masterpiece by Gaetano Donizetti.
Dates: 1, 3 (both at 19.00h) 28, 30 ( both at 19.30h) May 2020, 1 ( 19.00h) Jun 2020.
Set in the period of the Napoleonic wars, Tosca is based on true events which unfolded in Rome during a period of great turmoil. Puccini put his heart and soul into this story of political intrigue and doomed love. The three principal characters, Tosca, a famous singer, Cavaradossi, an artist and her lover, and Baron Scarpia, head of the secret police who is one of the most evil of operatic villains, are all finely drawn in Puccini’s sublime score. Fantastic Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu stars in the title role.
Dates: 14(19.30h) 17(18.00h) 22( 19.30h) 31(18.00h) May 2020, 3(19.30h) Jun 2020.
Mozart’s dazzling tragicomic opera is a wonderful to behold! It follows the adventures of the roguish, womanising Giovanni, mixing comedy, tragedy and drama with the supernatural. Based on the legend of Don Juan, Mozart’s dramatic work expertly mixes stark tragedy, high comedy, and a dash of philosophy. The unscrupulous exploits of the dangerous and manipulative Giovanni come to a head when he commits an unforgivable crime.
Dates: 10(18.00h) 16, 20, 23, 29 (all at 19.00h)May 2020 6(9.00h) Jun 2020.
Modest Mussorgsky’s opera was written between 1872 and 1880 and upon his death in 1881, Mussorgsky left it unfinished. Rimsky-Korsakov completed, revised, and scored the work, though in years later other composers, such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Igor Stravinsky and Maurice Ravel, have made their own arrangements. Mussorgsky mined episodes from 17th-century Russian history for a brooding work of both wide scope and disquieting intimacy. The nation’s future is in play, and the characters represent the warring factions vying for authority.
Dates: 7(18.00h) 12( 19.00h) 14, 21 (both at 18.00h) 27, 30(both at 19.00h) Jun 2020
The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Dutchman is a one-act opera (though sometimes split into three) composed by Richard Wagner telling a scary story of a sailor and his daughter caught in a storm on the sea. It takes place off the coast of Norway during the 18th century. Matthias Goerne stars as Der Holländer.
Dates: 18, 20, 23, 26 (all at 19.00h) Jun 2020, 2, 4(both at 19.00h) Jul 2020
The Marriage of Figaro
The Marriage of Figaro is an opera classic; a work, which despite on the surface appearing to be a frothy farce, is deep down one of the most complete commentaries on the human condition ever to be performed on the stage. The opera is based on Pierre Caron de Beaumarchais’ controversial play Le Mariage de Figaro. Lauri Vasar stars as Figaro.
Dates: 28 (18.00h) Jun 2020, 1, 3( both at 19.00h) 5(18.00h) Jul 2020.
Of course tickets to these highly sought after events are very hard to come by, however we are privileged enough to have availability via local sources to some of these amazing performances at this magical venue.