Bayerische Staastoper – Festival 2021

Bayerische Staastoper – Festival 2021

The Munich Opera Festival, founded in 1875, is really  like no other in the world. Several productions from the regular season return for a couple of added performances, featuring many of opera’s greatest stars. The amazing  2021 season  officially runs from 29th June – 31st July  and there are some incredible operas and a plethora of stars during this time. We think  that 2021 will be an extra special season!

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Brief History

Since its founding over  140 years ago, the Munich Opera Festival has lost nothing of its attraction: it is still a huge annual highlight and key destination for  the discerning opera goer.  When this wonderful  international festival(with the richest history of its kind ) begins again at the end of June 2019, opera lovers  from Munich, from Germany and from all over the globe will set out to share their enthusiasm for world class performance together.

In 1875 the Munich Opera Festival took place for the first time which can  nowadays can be viewed as one of the most important opera festivals worldwide. It is  now organised by the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Ballet and offers more than 30 opera performances, evening song recitals, concerts and ballet productions in  truly splendid settings.

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Venues in Munich at which the performances of the Opera Festival takes place include the National Theatre , the Prinzregententheater, the Cuvilliés-Theater,the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche and other venues. Besides opera, concerts of chamber music are also given. The festival is formally opened each year with a choral concert performed as part of a full Roman Catholic church service at Michaelskirche. A festival highlight is Opera for All, the live transmission of a full-length production from the theatre to an outdoor audience seated at the Max-Joseph-Platz.

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2021 has a truly  fantastic line up of world class stars to tantalise and entertain you and here are the opera  highlights from this star studded festival!

2021 Festival Highlights

Tristan und Isolde

If one had to choose only one work to personify Love, a sentiment that has nourished and delighted opera and, during the Romantic era, irrigated its flesh and blood, it is likely that Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner would best fill the role.By probing the depths of the night, love and death, Wagner explores the mystic incarnation of unadulterated passion. It is the most full-blooded opera in the repertoire and the apotheosis of musical drama. Jonas Kaufmann stars as Tristran with Anja Harteros as Isolde.

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Jonas Kaufmann at La Scala 2015 photo by AmandaFitton

Dates: 29 (17.00h) Jun 2021, 4, 8, 13, 31 ( all at 17.00h) Jul 2021.

Das Rheingold

Set in a world populated by dwarfs and giants, gods and river-maidens, Wagner’s Das Rheingold establishes the cycle in thrilling fashion, beginning with music that evokes the very dawn of time. John Lundgren stars as Wotan and Valery Gergiev conducts.

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Valery Gergiev photo by David Shankbone

Dates: 30 (19.00h) Jun 2021, 3 (19.00h) Jul 2021.

Der Freischütz

Carl Maris Von Weber’s Der Freischütz (The free-shooter) is a convoluted tale of magic bullets, invisible spirits, and pacts with the devil. Its hair-raising Wolf Glen scene (the finale to act 2)—a landmark in orchestral tone painting— contains supernatural effects that are nearly impossible to realize. Today the opera is rarely staged except in Germany, but its overture remains one of Weber’s most popular orchestral works.

Dates: 2, 5 ( both at 19.00h) Jul 2021.

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. Powerful Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel stars in the title role.

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Rusalka

Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka is based on the Czech version of the classical fairy tale of a mermaid that falls in love with a human prince and wants nothing more than to become a human and live happily ever after. But in Dvořák’s opera, this happily ever after never happens as the story ends in tragedy. Still, “Rusalka” is Dvořák’s most famous and most played opera, no least because of the wonderful melodies and arias the story inspired. Kristine Opolais stars in the title role.

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Dates: 10, 14 (both at 19.00h) Jul 2021.

 Tannhäuser

The story  of this three act opera is set in 13th-century Germany. The minnesinger Tannhäuser, having spent a year in the magical underground realm of Venus, the goddess of love, longs to return to the human world. This is the story of a knight-poet who is unable to choose between sacred love (Elisabeth) and profane love (Venus).  Klaus Florian Vogt appears in the title role.

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Klaus Florian Voght photo by Stefan Brending (2eight)

Date: 11 (17.00h) Jul 2021.

Turandot

Turandot is Puccini’s final opera (unfinished at his death) and perhaps as a result, it is by far and away his most musically adventurous. As in Madama Butterfly, the score is filled with Asian touches, the percussion section in particular packed with gongs and various tuned instruments (xylophones, glockenspiels and the like). It is still, however, an Italian opera, with the outrageously titled Ping, Pang and Pong a spin on classic Commedia dell’arte characters.  The incredible Anna Netrebko stars in the title role.

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Dates: 12, 15( both at 19.00h) Jul 2021.

Le Nozze Di 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.

Dates: 16(19.00h), 18(18.00) Jul 2021.

Macbeth

The infamous three witches have a prophecy: Macbeth will be king. But royalty comes at a price. Verdi’s interpretations of Shakespeare’s iconic play is a blood-soaked journey to the thrones and a guilt-ridden descent into the depths of despair. Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist Francesco Maria Piave Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy!

Dates: 19, 22 (both at 19.00h) Jul 2021

Idomeneo

This is a rare treat! Idomeneo is Mozart’s greatest opera seria and his first dramatic masterpiece, yet for almost two centuries, between its premiere in Munich in 1781 and the 1950s, it was hardly performed at all. The opera tells the story of the ruler – Idomeneo’s returns form the Trojan wars.

Dates:19, 22, 24, 26 ( all at 19,00h) Jul 2021.

Otello

Verdi’s Otello is a grand  masterpiece, it  boils down Shakespeare’s play to its essentials and what it lacks in poetry it more than makes up for in music. Otello is based on Shakespeare’s play of 1603. Verdi pares down Shakespeare to four scenes cutting characters (no Brabantio or Bianca) and adding lovely operatic flourishes such as flower-ladies singing to Desdemona. He already had plenty to work with because with its malevolent evil, sexual jealousy, murder and suicide, Othello has all the ingredients of a music drama!

Dates: 21, 24 (both at 19.00h) Jul 2021.

Sonya Yoncheva & Malcolm Martineau

Following a series of spectacular debuts at the world’s leading opera houses, soprano Sonya Yoncheva has been heralded as one of the most acclaimed and exciting performers of her generation. She is accompanied by seasoned pianist  Malcolm Martineau for this concert.

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Sonya Yoncheva photo by Lohengrin222

Date: 21(20.00h) Jul 2021.

Salome

With it’s intense story, provocative imagery and shattering music, Richard Strauss’s confrontational one-act opera stunned audiences at its premiere in 1905. Based on a notorious play by Oscar Wilde, Salome twists a Biblical story into a controversial exploration of adolescent passion, religion and secret desires. This powerful one act opera is  bound to raise passions. Marlis Petersen appears in the title role.

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Marlis Petersen photo by A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace)

Dates: 25( 19.00h) 28 ( 20.00h) Jul 2021.

Erwin Schrott in Concert

Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott is  one of the most exciting singers of our time and is universally regarded as today’s finest exponent of the major Mozart roles. He is appearing for one night only in Munich.

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Erwin Schrott photo y Manfred Werner (Tsui)

Date: 25 Jul 2021 at 20.00h

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Richard Wagner’s grand opera in three acts, his only attempt at comedy, is rich in melody and takes as its subject the joyful art of songwriting itself, and the battle between tradition and novelty.  It is among the longest operas commonly performed, usually taking around four and a half hours.It was written between 1862 and 1867 when Wagner was also working on his four-opera Ring cycle, and first performed on 21 June 1868 in Munich. Julia Kleiter stars as Eva.

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Julia Kleiter photo by Christian Michelides

What a truly wonderful season at the Munich Opera Festival!

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Deutsche Oper Berlin – 2020-2021 Season

Deutsche Oper Berlin – 2020-2021 Season

A city steeped in history, Berlin balances the old and new effortlessly. The magnificent  Deutsche Oper Berlin is the city’s largest opera house, and you can enjoy world-renowned operas with a great view of the stage from all  of the 2000 seats.Behind its linear design and unadorned façade, the Deutsche Oper Berlin presents the world of opera to a broad audience of music lovers. The Deutsche Oper Berlin showcases  stunning productions of the best in grand opera!

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Deutsche Oper Berlin photo by Manfred Brückels

From the onset, in December 1912, the history of the Deutsche Oper Berlin at Bismarckstrasse strongly reflected the history of the city of Berlin. Probably the greatest mark was left by the night of November 23, 1943, when bombs destroyed the original building of the “Deutsches Opernhaus”, halting temporarily a promising artistic development.The concert hall reconstructed in 1961 by Fritz Bornemann puts on 25 productions a year, many of which are conducted by Donald Runnicles, who since 2009 has been musical director of this prestigious German theatre. One of the key areas of focus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin concerns the works of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. The orchestra’s Wagner tradition has resulted in many of its musicians performing as members of the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. Another major characteristic of the orchestra is its ongoing interest in contemporary music. Numerous composers have worked closely with the orchestra.

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Deutsche Oper Berlin photo by Manfred Brückels

The season for 2020-2021 has been recently announced and this week’s blog is highlighting just a few of the incredible performances.

Highlights of the New Season

7 Deaths of Maria Callas

Marina Abramović’s incredibly moving performance reinterprets seven of Maria Callas’s on-stage deaths in her most iconic roles, including Tosca, Carmen, and Madam Butterfly, ending the show with the “final” death of Callas herself. The controversial artist idolised Callas from a young age and decided to pay the ultimate tribute to the celebrated soprano’s legacy. Abramović has written,  directs  and stars along side film actor Willem Dafoe.

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Willam Dafoe photo by Siebbi

Dates: 19, 20, 21 Aug 2020 all at 20.00h.

Die Walküre

Part of Richard Wagners epic masterpiece,The Ring of the Nibelung with Die Walküre, it is human emotion that takes centre stage, with musical highlights including Winterstürme and the Ride of the Valkyrie. Wotan had fathered twin children with a mortal woman, a male (called Siegmund) and a female (called Sieglinde). Separated early, the twins are now young adults. Nina Stemme stars as Brünnhilde.

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Nina Stemme photo by Neda Navaee

Dates: 27 (16.00h) Sep 2020, 1(18.00h), 4 (16.00h), 8 (18.00h) 11(16.00h) Oct 2020.

Falstaff

In Verdi’s comic opera which is based on the Shakesperian character, Old, large and lecherous, Sir John Falstaff can’t resist the ladies. But they can resist him, and three of them plot to put an end to his advances once and for all. Soprano Annette Dasch stars as Alice Ford.

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Dates: 30 (16.00h Oct 2020, 5, 13, 28 ( all at 19.30h) Nov 2020.

The Swallow

In this most gentle of Puccini’s operas La Rondine, there is a tale of love and its frustrations. In Paris, Magda (the swallow of the opera’s title, because she will fly south to find happiness) is the mistress of the banker Rambaldo. When she meets the young innocent Ruggero, she falls in love – instead of the angst ridden tragic outcome one might expect the opera is infectiously light. Famous star of the opera world Rolando Villazón, directs!

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Rolando Villazón photo by Stefan Brending / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-3.0 Showcase 

Dates: 10(16.00h), 16, 20 (both at19.30h) Jan 2021

Lohengrin

During the Wagner’s lifetime, Lohengrin was the most frequently performed of all his operas – wedding march and all.  The barnstorming orchestral Prelude to Act III is a vividly colourful section of the opera, which stands on its own as a classic example of Wagner’s ability to stir and inspire with his thrilling use of every part of the orchestra. Camilla Nylund and Klaus Florian Vogt  star in the May dates.

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Klaus Florian Voght photo by Stefan Brending (2eight)

Dates: 30(18.00h) Jan 2021, 5, 13(both at 18.00h) Feb 2021, 23, 30(both at 18.00h) May2021.

Lakmé

Léo Delibes’tragic opera set in the Orient, a place known for its beautiful flowers – hence the title of the famous duet the Flower Duet from the opera sung by the principal character Lakmé and her slave Mallika. The sumptuous, exotic music is light, delicate and instantly beautiful, much like the flowers it depicts.  Lakme brings together many popular themes of opera in the 1880s: an exotic location, mysterious religious rituals, the beautiful flora of the Orient, and the general novelty of Western colonials living in a foreign land.  It is a love story of epic proportion between Englishman Gerald and Brahmin Lakmé.  Javier Camarena stars as Gérald

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Javier Camarena photo by Ksarmiento

Dates: 20, 23 ( both at 19.30h) Mar 2021.

Rienzi, The Last of the Tribunes

In Rienzi, a young Wagner took on the world of French “Grand Opera,” a traditional form that typically featured five acts and as much spectacle as the stage could hold, including ballets, rousing processionals, huge choral numbers and special stage effects. It is a wapping 5 hours long . Rienzi is set in Rome in the middle ages and the central figure is Cola di Rienzi, who leads the populace against the power for the nobles. Andreas Schager stars in the title role.

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Andreas Schager photo by Lyrten71

 

Dates: 14, 25, 29 (all at 19.30h) May 2021.

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Sculpture on sid of the Deutsche Oper Berlin by Photo: Andreas Praefcke

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The Metropolitan Opera 2020-2021 Season

The Metropolitan Opera 2020-2021 Season

New York’s  Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the world’s most creative and talented artists working in opera, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers. Each season is magical here.  Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts six productions this season. The Met’s wonderful new season for 2020-2021 is full of amazing talent and incredible productions. Something  for everyone to look forward to.

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Facade of the Metropolitan photo by Blehgoaway

History of the Metropolitan Opera

At the focal point of Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts on the Upper West Side sits the majestic Metropolitan Opera House, where some of the world’s most prestigious singers, dancers and actors have graced the stage. The Metropolitan Opera came into existence after a group of New York City millionaires had a difficult time trying to secure box seat tickets at New York’s Academy of Music. The millionaires, wanting good seats to the latest theatre and performing arts, decided to start their own operahouse in New York City. Their intention was to make a bigger and better performing arts alternative than what was already offered at the Academy of Music. During a time when America was growing and full of innovation, the group of millionaire entrepreneurs started what would become one of the most well-known opera houses in the world. The Met first purchased land in 1880 and within three years, singers and an orchestra had been hired, sets were built, costumes were designed and the general management and building designers had been hired. In 1883, the opening night performance was Gounod’s “Faust,” an Italian opera performed by an entirely Italian opera company, with the exception of two Americans. Everything was performed that night in Italian.

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The Met in 1902 Photo -Miscellaneous Items in High Demand, PPOC, Library of Congress

 

During the early years of the 20th century, the Met went through a number of changes, including several transitions between Italian, German and French operas, before finally settling on performing operas in its own native language. In 1910, the MetropolitanOpera was the first opera house to debut an American opera, “The Pipe of Desire,” and this marked the first time an opera was performed in English at the Met.

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Interior at the Metropolitan Opera House photo by Professorcornbread

The Metropolitan Opera has had a long history of utilising technology to expand the reach of the performing arts. Between 1901 and 1903, the Met recorded some of the first live recordings by using an Edison cylinder machine to record performances from high above the main stage. Although these early recordings were done years before the Met began broadcasts of its performances, it helped set the tone for future uses of technology at the Met. The first full Metropolitan Opera radio broadcast was on Christmas Day in 1931 and was the first step in what has become a tradition for the opera house.  The Met’s radio broadcasts are currently heard in 42 countries and their series is the longest running classical music 3 has its own station on satellite radio that broadcasts both live and rare performances.

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The Metropolitan Opera House photo by Paul Masck

A cultural institution steeped in history, the original opera house was opened in 1883, but was  eventually deemed inadequate for such large-scale performances. The Lincoln Centre presented the opportunity for a new home, and some of the art scene’s most iconic moments have happened there since its first show in 1966.

To say that The Met is America’s most important opera company would be to state the obvious. Any diva worth her salt has sung here: Maria Callas, Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, Renata Tibaldi and, of course, the company’s patron saint, Beverly Sills. That lofty level of talent extends offstage, too. Conductors such as James Levine and Andre Previn possess their own celebrity status, directors like Franco Zefferelli and Julie Taymor enhanced already stellar reputations with richly conceived interpretations and world-renowned painters such as Chagall and Hockney have turned set design into high art.

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The Metropolitan Opera House photo by Marcel René Kalt alias Groovio

 

Highlights of 2020-2021 Season

Yet again, there are a plethora of stars appearing in the 2020- 2021 season at the Met and a wonderful selection of operas – something to please everyone. Below are just a few of the many highlights.

Performances commence at 7.30pm and 3pm for matinees (m) unless otherwise stated.

Aida

Another of Verdi’s classics! Egypt is at war with Ethiopia. Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king, has been captured by the Egyptians. Secretly, she loves an Egyptian general, Radamès, who returns her love. When Radamès is selected to lead a renewed assault against the enemy, Aida is forced to choose between betraying her country and betraying her heart. Soprano Anna Netrebko and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili reprise their incendiary partnership as Aida and Amneris with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting. Netrebko is performing on the Sep 21, 24, 27 and Oct 1, 4, 10 dates only.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin photo by Nicholas Eastop – Scenkonstmuseet

Dates: 21, 24, 27, Sep 2020, 1,4, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24 Oct 2020, 24, 27 Nov 2020, 3, 6, 12 Dec 2020.

Il Trovatore

An epic opera of grand dimensions, Il Trovatore was composed in1853 by Giuseppe Verdi. It premiered on Jan. 19, 1853 in Teatro Apollo, Rome, Italy and takes place in a 15th-century Spanish town. It has a complex narrative as there are three intertwining plots but the opera is a real gem. For this hot-blooded tale of love, jealousy, and retribution, Verdi created music that truly bursts with excitement! Amazing soprano Sonya Yoncheva stars in the role of Leonora for the Oct 30, Nov 4, 7 and 14, 18, 22, 26 29 May dates.

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Sonya Yoncheva photo by Lohengrin222

Dates: 30, Oct 2020, 4, 7, 10, 14, 18, 21 Nov 2020, 14, 18, 22, 26 29  May 2021.

The Fiery Angel

Moving from tavern to convent, against a backdrop of spiritualism and exorcism, collective hysteria and burlesque humour, The Fiery Angel is a powerful piece that has it all, bordering the very limits of expressionism. Inspired by the symbolist novel of the same name by Valery Bryusov, this opera is  Sergei Prokofiev’s most striking operatic masterpiece. Svetlana Sozdateleva stars as Renata.

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Svetlana Sozdateleva photo by Lorenzo Gaudenzi

Dates:  Nov 12 – Dec 5 2020

Paris, 1840. On a snowy Christmas Eve, a starry-eyed poet meets a poor dress-maker over candlelight, and instantly falls in love. At first the good times roll. But will their happiness last, or does the bohemian lifestyle come at a price? With some of the most memorable music in opera, a night at La Bohème will lift every bodies’ soul and break every heart. The fantastic Angel Blue stars as Mimì on the following dates: 21,24, 29 Jan 2021 and 10,13, 17 Apr 2021.

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Angel Bue photo by WestCoastArtists

Dates: 21, 25, 28 Nov 2020, 2, 5, 9, 21,24, 29 Jan 2021, 10, 13, 17 Apr 2021.

Nabucco

Verdi’s Nabucco could be conceptualized as the protest opera for all seasons. It premiered in 1842, when Giuseppe Verdi was 28 years old. Nabucco” is the story of the Assyrian King, Nebuchadnezzar, who came in 587 B.C. with his armies to desecrate Jerusalem, kill the Israelites, and destroy the Temple of Solomon. The most familiar theme from “Nabucco” is the chorus of the Hebrew slaves at the end of Part IV, “Va, Pensiero” – Go Thoughts, or Hasten Thoughts.  World renowned soprano and operatic diva,  Anna Netrebko adds the bloodthirsty Babylonian princess Abigaille to her already  impressive repertoire on 30 Apr 2021, 4, 8, 12, 15 May 2021

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Dates:26, 29 Mar 2021, 1, 5, 30 Apr 2021, 4, 8, 12, 15 May 2021.

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking is the first opera by Jake Heggie, with a libretto by Terrence McNally. It is based on the book by Sister Helen Prejean that first found international fame when it was made into a film starring Susan Sarandon.The story follows a nun who offers counselling to a convicted killer on death row, and later to his victims’ families. Wonderfully talented mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars as Helen Prejean.

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Joyce DiDonato photo by Gustavo Dudamel

Dates: 8, 11, 14, 17, 21, 24, 29 Apr 2021, 4 May 2021

Full Programme

Specific dates and times TBC.

Sep 21- Dec 12 2020: Aida-Verdi.

Sep 22 – Oct 6 2020: Les Contes D’Hoffman – Offenbach.

Sep 23 – Oct 102 2020: Roberto Devereux – Donizetti

Oct 2 2020 – Mar 12 2021: Carmen – Bizet.

Oct 7 – Nov 6 2020: Tristran und Isolde – Wagner.

Oct 24 2020- May 8 2021: La Traviata – Verdi.

Oct 30 – Nov 6 2020:  Il Trovatore – Verdi.

Nov 12 – Dec 5 2020: The Fiery Angel – Prokofiev.

Nov 21 2020 – Apr 17 2021: La Bohème – Puccini.

Nov 30 – Dec 23 2020: Fidelio – Beethoven.

Dec 11 2020 – Jan 8 2021: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia – Rossini.

Dec 15 2020 – Jan 14 2021: Hansel and Gretel – Humperdinck.

Dec 31 2020 – Jan 5 2021: Die Zauberflöte – Mozart.

Jan 12 – Apr 22 2021: Roméo et Juliette – Gounod.

Mar 1 – May 20 2021: Don Giovanni – Mozart.

Mar 2 – May 21 2021: Guilio Cesare – Handel.

Mar 5 – Mar 20 2021: Lulu – Berg.

Mar 16 – Apr 6 2021: Rusalka – Dvořák.

Mar 26 – May 15 2021: Nabucco -Verdi.

Apr 8 – May 2 2021: Dead Man Walking – Heggie.

Apr 16 – May 6 2021: Die Frau Ohne Schatten -Strauss.

May 7 – Jun 4 2021: Il Pirate – Bellini

May 21 – Jun 5 2021: Billy Budd – Britten.

What a wonderful and eclectic season of opera to experience!

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Wexford Festival Opera 2020

Wexford Festival Opera 2020

This season, Wexford Festival Opera will present a programme  inspired by Shakespeare and will present three main stage operas as well as a number of concerts and pocket operas.

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Wexford Opera House photo by Sinn Féin

A little south of Dublin, along the Irish east coast, you’ll find Wexford – home of the National Opera House and known internationally as the home of Wexford Festival Opera. In a country steeped in ancient stories, the Irish city of Wexford is no exception. This medieval town on the banks of the River Slaney in the country’s historic south east was founded in the early 900s by the Vikings, and their legacy includes the town’s many narrow winding streets. Given its location on the estuary of the River Slaney, Wexford was a bustling seaport throughout its history. However, the constantly shifting sands of Wexford Harbour meant that by the mid 20th-century, it had become unprofitable to keep dredging the channel to accommodate larger ships. What served as the lifeblood of the town since its Viking foundation was no longer able to be maintained, and the once-busy port closed for good.

In 1950, the renowned novelist, musicologist and founder of Gramophone Magazine, Compton Mackenzie, travelled to Wexford to give a lecture to the Wexford Opera Study Circle. At the close of his lecture, Mackenzie suggested that rather than listening to records in their little theatre as they had done for many years previously, the group should instead stage an opera of their own. From there a plan was formed and by the end of 1951 the first Wexford Festival of Music and the Arts took place, with the focal work being a performance of The Rose of Castille by Irish composer, Michael William Balfe. In 2006 the old Theatre Royal in the town’s centre, which had served the Festival for over 50 years, was demolished and replaced by Ireland’s first custom-built opera house: a state-of-the-art building with two auditoriums capable of staging ever more ambitious and spectacular productions. The amazing  National Opera House was built in its place and it was inaugurated in September 2008 The stunning landmark building now stands proudly over the historic town, as a clear indication of how bold programming and a passion for the art form can put a small town like Wexford on the operatic map.

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Main Auditorium at the National Opera House, Wexford photo by Keith Williams

Opera Programme 2020

The 2020 Wexford Festival Opera will run from October 20 – November 1.

Ein Wintermärchen

Composer Karl Goldmark, famous in Vienna throughout the second half of the nineteenth century, was born into an enormous Jewish family (Goldmark had over 20 siblings) in Hungary in 1830 .Ein Wintermärchen (A Winter’s Tale) successfully employs a unique and beautiful language, rich in melody and warmly chromatic.  The Shakespearian  play provides the plot for this lovely opera. Sophie Gordeladze stars as Hermione.

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Sophie Gordeladze edited from a photo by Yelkrokoyade

Dates: 20, 23 ( both at 20.00h) 26(17.00h), 29(20.00h) Oct 2020.

Le Songe d’une Nuit d’Été

In 1850 Ambroise Thomas wrote the Shakespearean potpourri Le songe d’une nuit d’été, which actually has little to do with A Midsummer Night’s Dream; it includes Falstaff, Elizabeth I and Shakespeare himself in the cast, and has an unusually high proportion of its action devoted to drinking… Apart from signalling the composer’s interest in Shakespeare, this opéra comique shows Thomas’ ability to fuse many of the operatic styles current in his day, and demonstrates his increasing skill at orchestration, particularly in the entr’actes. This will be a joy to experience.The role of Shakespeare is played by French tenor, Sébastien Guèze.

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Sébastien Guèze taken by Sébastien Guèze

Dates: 21, 24, 27 ( all at 20.00h) Oct 2020, 1(20.00h) Nov 2020.

Edmea

The plot of Alfredo Catalani’s Edmea is based on a play by Alexandre Dumas fils entitles Les Danicheff. The story concerns a girl adopted into a noble family who falls in love with the son of her protectors, is married off to a servant of said family, goes insane, is returned to sanity by her lover, and is widowed so she can marry the man she loves. The opera is set in Bohemia around 1600.

Dates: 22, 25, 28, 31 (all at 20.00h) Oct 2020.

Opera Gala Night

One of the highlights of Wexford Festival Opera, this night features a cornucopia of operatic delights from the members of the festival company. This is a very popular night, so early booking is recommended.

Date:26 (21.00h) Oct 2020.

Lisette Oropesa in Concert

American Lisette Oropesa is one of the most in demand lyric coloraturas today, who has triumphed in various roles throughout the most important houses in Europe and the US. She has a wide repertoire that includes works from Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Wagner, Verdi, Bizet, Massenet and Puccini. For one night only she is performing a special concert in Wexford.

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Lisette Oropesa photo by Steven Harris

Date: 30 (20.00h) Oct 2020.

Petite Messe Solennelle

Full of drama, pathos, colour and intensity, Rossini’s Petite Messe was written not for a church, but for performance to a select audience assembled in the lavishly furnished salon of a Parisian Countess’s newly built town house. This heartfelt religious work was Rossini’s last serious work—with it he sincerely hoped to gain admittance to the next world—and shows the extraordinary capabilities of this astonishing man of the theatre.

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Rossini photograph by Félix Nadar

Date: 1( 15.30h) Nov 2020.

The Festival’s success is due in no small part to Wexford itself. The ancient Viking town, nestled on the banks of the River Slaney, has a character and charm all of its own and is a key part of what helps to make the Festival unique. Every year in October, as the excitement builds to opening night, the streets, pubs and restaurants are abuzz with opera fever.

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Wexford Waves and Rocks photo by Bobby diver

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Opera De Paris 2020- 2021 Season

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The Paris Opera is one of the world’s greatest opera and ballet houses. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it possesses two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). Each season cements the rich historical  tradition and plays host to ta plethora of stars. This week’s blog is about a few of the amazing   upcoming winter productions taking place in the newly announced 2020-2021 season.

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National Opéra De Paris in 1965 photo by Willem van de Poll

Brief History.

The Paris opera dates back to the period of the Second Empire. The opulent and flamboyant  design corresponds to the era perfectly. The Paris Opéra dates back to the reign of Louis XIV and the founding in 1669 of the Académie d’Opéra. The King granted to the poet Pierre Perrin the privilege to present operatic productions, which combined an Italianate style of music with French verse. The  iconic Palais Garnier has been called “probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris like Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, or the Sacré Coeur Basilica.” This is at least partly due to its use as the setting for Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera and, especially, the novel’s subsequent adaptations in films and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s popular 1986 musical of the same name!

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Palais Garnier, Paris photo by Peter Menzel

 

From prima donna to stage-hand, the Opera House was governed by intrigue and rumour; everyone jostling for position, defending their own territory and scrabbling for new. At the time in which the novel is set, the Opera House boasted over fifteen hundred employees and had its own stables of white horses for the opera troupe underneath the forecourt. Even today, it employs over a thousand people and contains two permanent ballet schools within the building.

Opéra National De Paris , also known as Palais Garnier, was  formerly Académie Nationale de Musique,  a Parisian opera house designed by Charles Garnier (who won a competition to design it).The Paris Opéra received its world-renowned edifice owing to Napoleon III, who commissioned the building of a majestic opera house at the top of the grand, new thoroughfare appropriately named Avenue de l’Opéra. The building, considered one of the masterpieces of the Second Empire style, was begun in 1861 and opened with an orchestral concert on Jan. 5, 1875. The first opera performed there was Fromental Halévy’s work La Juive on Jan. 8, 1875.  A second Parisian opera house, the Opéra Bastille, was inaugurated in 1989. Both operate under the direction of the Opéra National de Paris. L’Opera Bastille is in Place de la Bastille in the 11th arrondissement on the eastern side of Paris.  The project was initiated in 1982 by president François Mitterrand who wanted a modern and  popular opera, to  give a lighter feel to the programme of the l’Opera Garnier. It was built by architect Carlos Ott, winner of an international competition to which over 1700 architects submitted plans.  Built on the site of the former Paris-Bastille railway station (which opened in 1859) it was inaugurated on the 13th July 1989 on the Bicentenary of the French Revolution.

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Palais Garnier Grand Salon hor Photograph: Eric Pouhier, Modifier: Rainer Zenz, Niabot

 

2020- 2021 Season.

L’Opéra National de Paris, recently announced the exciting  programme for its 2020– 2021 season, which opens  in September and here are some of the many  opera and classical recital highlights! We are focussing on the winter  2020 performances and will create another blog for 2021.  Here are some of the highlights:

The Ring Festival

Comprising the four operas which make up Wagner’s epic masterpiece, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, more than 15 unforgettable hours of music and passion.  This amazing staging of the Ring Cycle is being conducted by Philippe Jordan.

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The musical and dramatic power of  Wagner’s Götterdämmerung is awe-inspiring, as the epic cycle concludes with the end of the old world of the gods, and the dawn of a new era. The name Götterdämmerung means “Twilight of the Gods” and is the German name for Ragnarok, the end of the world in Nordic mythology. Andreas Schager stars as Siegfried.  At Opéra Bastille.

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Andreas Schager photo by Lyrten71

Dates: 13, 17, 21, 28(all at 18.00h)Nov 2020, 6 (14.00h) Dec 2020

Das Rheingold

Set in a world populated by dwarfs and giants, gods and river-maidens, Wagner’s Das Rheingold establishes the cycle in thrilling fashion, beginning with music that evokes the very dawn of time. At Opéra Bastille.

Dates: 23, 30 (both at 19.30h) Nov 2020.

Die Walküre

In Die Walküre, it is human emotion that takes centre stage, with musical highlights including Winterstürme and the Ride of the Valkyrie. Wotan had fathered twin children with a mortal woman, a male (called Siegmund) and a female (called Sieglinde). Separated early, the twins are now young adults. At Opéra Bastille.

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Philippe Jordan photo by Christian Michelides

Dates: 24( 18.30h) Nov 2020, 2( 18.30h) Dec 2020

Siegfried

Wagner’s unparalleled orchestral scene-painting reaches new heights as we meet the daring hero Siegfried, the grandson of Wotan, king of the gods. It is the story of a hero, Siegfried, and how he grows into manhood to discover fear and love. Raised by the Nibelung Mime, Siegfried is young, innocent and cocky. With the help of a mysterious Wanderer (who is really Wotan in disguise), Siegfried finds the pieces of his father’s sword, Notung, reforges them and uses the instrument to kill the dragon Fafner who guards the hoard of Nibelung gold that formerly belonged to the Rhinemaidens. Andreas Schager stars as Siegfried with Martina Serafin as Brünnhilde . At Opéra Bastille.

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Martina Serafin in the role of Tosca photo by Christian Michelides

Dates: 26(18.00h) Nov 2020, 4( 18.00h) Dec 2020.

La Traviata

A tale of two young lovers separated by the cruelty of society and fate, Verdi’s  La Traviata is one of opera’s most powerful and enduring romancesLa Traviata is the story of a lively Parisian courtesan who gives up the man she loves to save his family’s reputation. Perhaps self sacrifice is the greatest theme if this powerful opera. The story is touching not just because it is a story people can believe in but because it is  a story people want to believe in! Zuzana Marková stars as Violetta Valéry. At Palais Garnier.

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Zuzana Marková photo by Lidija Hamp

Dates: 24, 27, (both at 19.30h) Nov 2020, 1, 3, 7, 10, 14, 17( all at 19.30h), 20 (14.30h) 23( 19.30h) Dec 2020.

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Opéra bastill photo by LPLT at French Wikipedia

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Staatsoper Berlin Summer Events

Staatsoper Berlin Summer Events
The Staatsoper Berlin is the oldest opera theatre in the German capital. Although it was surpassed in international esteem during the period of the Cold War by the city’s other major house, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, it remains one of the leading opera houses of Europe, with a mainly traditional operatic repertoire.
The stunning Staatsoper opera house is major sight on the magnificent Unter den Linden boulevard. This incredible building has just been completely renovated – work that also involved installing new stage equipment and refurbishing the auditorium to meet today’s  modern standards. Berlin’s opulent state opera was commissioned as the royal opera house by Frederick the Great and designed by his friend and master architect Georg Wenzelslaus von Knobelsdorff. It has graced Bebelplatz since 1742 and risen from the ashes three times.
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The original building was a neo-classical opera house, which resembled an ancient temple,  it was Germany’s first free-standing opera house and the largest in Europe at the time. In a disastrous fire in 1843, the opera house was nearly burnt to the ground. Architect Carl Ferdinand Langhans was then entrusted with the task of rebuilding the opera house on the same site. During the Second World War, the building suffered extensive and severe damage. In the 1950s, the East German government then launched a scheme to rebuild the opera house following Knobelsdorff’s original plan. Now after seven years of construction, the Staatsoper has  finally  reopened its doors on the historic Boulevard Unter den Linden to great applause and critical acclaim just in time for it’s 275th anniversary in 2017.
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Staatsoper Unter den Linden whilst under construction in 2017 photo by Marek Sliwecki

Programme for Summer 2020.

L’elisir d’amore

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.

Tosca

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.

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Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca photo by Madamabutterfly

Dates: 14(19.30h) 17(18.00h) 22( 19.30h) 31(18.00h) May 2020, 3(19.30h) Jun 2020.

Don Giovanni

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.

Khovanshchina

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

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Staatsoper Unter Den Linden in 2019 photo. by Yair Haklai

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.

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Matthias Goerne photo by Alexander Böhm

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.

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Lauri Vasar performing in Lear photo by r Brinkhoff-Moegenburg,

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.

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Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 2018 photo by Marek Sliwecki
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Macerata Opera Festival 2020

Macerata Opera Festival 2020

The fabulous Macerata Opera Festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious open-air summer opera festivals in Italy. It takes place in the Sferisterio, a fascinating venue built between 1820 and 1829 at the behest of the city’s “Cento consorti” (the one hundred consorts), when it was intended for playing the ball game with armlet. The orchestra pit is so wide that musicians at each end cannot hear each other. The first opera performed was Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in 1921. From 2018 until  2020 the artistic Director is  Barbara Minghetti and the Music Director – Francesco Lanzillotta. This year is the 56th festival and runs from from 17 July to 9 August, the theme this year is, #biancocoraggio or white as courage.  The key ideas are emancipation, enlightenment, and fate and the featured operas this year are  ToscaDon Giovanni and Il Trovatore.

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Panorama of Macerata photo by Abraham Sobkowski OFM

 

The stunning  city of Macerata spreads over a hilltop in a most  beautiful spot. Located between the Adriatic Sea and Apennine Mountains, it enjoys a near-perfect setting surrounded by rolling hills covered with olive groves and grape vines, with a plethora of pretty hill towns dotting the countryside.

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Panorama of Macerata photo by Toni Pecoraro

All year round there are lots of enjoyable things to do in Macerata, including cultural events, sport activities and competitions, theatrical and musical shows for all tastes. Beautiful Macerata is set on a hill at 1,030 ft above sea level, between the Potenza and Chienti Valleys. It is surrounded by a spectacular mosaic of cultivated fields, maintained as if they were gardens or parks. However there is one big event in particular that drawn  attention to Macerata, not only from other parts of Italy but also from other countries across the world – TheMacerataOperaFestival ! During this time the whole city becomes a stage thanks to thefestival, full of music, exhibitions and meetings for young and old, passionate and curious.  Thefestival has been compared sometimes to the famousItalian  Arena di Verona and Caracalla operas.

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Sferisterio by night photo by Florian Prischl

The Festival has been running regularly since 1967.  The festival attract the most discerning audiences, who enjoy watching original productions and prestigious interpreters in this highly salubrious venue,  which is both monumental and intimate at the same time,  offering perfect visibility and wonderful acoustics , as testified by the many artists who have walked its stage, including Mario Del Monaco, Luciano Pavarotti, Katia Ricciarelli, Renato Bruson, Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, to name but a few.

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Sferisterio photo by Utente:Inviaggio

 

2020 Programme

Tosca

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.

Dates: 17th, 26th July 2020, 1st, 7th August 2020 all at 21.00h.

 

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Sferisterio photo by Michele

Don Giovanni

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: 18th, 24th July 2020, 2nd, 8th August 2020 all at 21.00h.

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Sferisterio photo by Camelia.boban

Il Trovatore

An epic opera of grand dimensions, Il Trovatore was composed in1853 by Giuseppe Verdi. It premiered on Jan. 19, 1853 in Teatro Apollo, Rome, Italy and takes place in a 15th-century Spanish town. It has a complex narrative as there are three intertwining plots but the opera is a real gem. For this hot-blooded tale of love, jealousy, and retribution, Verdi created music that truly bursts with excitement!

Dates: Dates: 19th, 25th, 31st July 2020,  9th August 2020 all at 21.00h.

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Sferisterio by night photo by Silena1968

This marvellous opera festival annually hosts thousands of spectators in the wonderful 2500 seater open air Sferisteri neo-classical  arena and has become a unique destination for opera lovers of all kinds thanks to its summer calendar of productions. 2020 is sure to be an extraordinary  year.

Showcase Opera and Events is a UK based ticket agency specialising in bookings of opera, ballet, classical music, high profile pageant events and various sporting events. With over 20 years experience and expertise we have been at the heart of the opera, concert and sporting events sector. Because of this we have developed a unique international network and are often also able to source sold out tickets for you. We relish the challenge of finding tickets for your dream event!

For more information about this amazing festival and to book tickets please contact us.

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