Festival Castell de Peralada 2020

Festival Castell de Peralada 2020

Back for  the 34th year, this traditional festival brings together some of the greatest artists from music, dance and theatre in a single space — the fantastic Peralada Castle. Set in the gardens of the majestic  Medieval Peralada Castle Park, the auditorium is the ideal venue for concerts on a summer night. Every summer, great operas, concerts and recitals are featured on the stage, with prestigious soloists, great ballets put on by the best international dance companies and jazz and pop concerts.

Although the full programme of events has  not yet been revealed there are three amazing classical productions announced thus far, that we are most excited about and these are the subject of this week’s blog. We will write an updated blog in the early spring when other performers and productions have been added. This fantastic festival usually commences mid July and finishes mid August.

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Brief History

Peralada Castle, built in the ninth century under the name Castell Toló, was once at the heart of the county of Peralada, and today it’s been declared a national asset of cultural interest. The building as it now stands was constructed following a fire during the French invasion of the Empordà as part of the crusade against Catalonia by Felip l’Ardit (Philip the Bold of France) in 1285. Towards the 14th century the Gothic castle started to be built, but there’s little left of the original construction nowadays. The estate was acquired in 1923 by Miquel Mateu i Pla, a Catalan politician and businessman, and the castle is still in the Mateu family. During the months of July and August, the gardens are opened for the Festival Castell de Peralada.

Founded in 1987 out of the love of music of its president, Carmen Mateu, the Festival is regarded as one of the major arts events of the summer. This wonderful festival has four stages: the Auditori Parc del Castell, Carme Church, Cloister of Carmen and Cotton Club Terrace. Each one offers a different programme that varies, from opera to ballet and  pop music. It is an exceptional high calibre  international event in a  such perfect setting that offers magic and splendour. In addition there are guided tours and quality  wine tastings  available.

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The multidisciplinary philosophy of the festival comes with the desire to enrich the national cultural heritage and has allowed the festival to cross borders to become considered as one of the most important cultural events in the whole of Spain.

Opera and Classical Highlights

Aida

This opera is one  fo 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. This is being performed for the fist time at this festival with an exciting new production. The cast is headed by fabulous soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. Sondra Radvanovsky is a globally celebrated artist. The depth and exquisite timbre of her voice are matched by her dramatic acting ability and versatility across a remarkable range of repertoire,

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Sondra Radvanosky photo The original uploader was Ser Amantio di Nicolao at English Wikipedia.

Date: Wednesday 5th August and Friday 7th August  2020 at 22.00hr at the Castle Gardens Auditorium.

Brian Jagde in Concert

Festival Castell de Peralada has an impressive reputation for showcasing the most amazing of up and coming new talents and Brian Jagde is certainly that! This young American tenor has appeared at the most prestigious venues globally. Jagde’s many awards include second prize and the Birgit Nilsson Wagner/Strauss Prize at Operalia (2012) and first prize at the 2014 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition (2014). He is  particularly famed for two roles –  Don José in Carmen and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and is widening his repertoire constantly. This performance takes place in a stunning 14th century church.

Date: Thursday 6th August 2020 at 20.00hr at the Carme Church.

William Christie – Les Arts Florrissants

Harpsichordist, conductor, musicologist and teacher, William Christie is a pioneer in the rediscovery and introduction of French Baroque music to a wide audience.  leading the legendary instrumental and vocal group Les Arts Florissants, they will perform a unique program of motets in the Carme Church. Founded exactly 40 years ago in Paris by William Christie, this vocal and instrumental ensemble is one of the world’s leading early music formations. The Assistant Director of Music alongside Christie since 2007 has been British tenor Paul Agnew.

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William Christie and Les Arts Florissants at BAM photo by Peter Matthews.

Date: Saturday 8th August 2020 at 20.00ht at Carme Church.

There is something incredibly special about a festival in a historic castle, a certain type of magic that is an unmissable summer event for lovers of dance , opera and the lyric arts.

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Palio Di Siena 2020

Palio Di Siena 2020

Taking place just twice a year, Palio is the most awaited and exciting event to take place in Tuscany all year! This chaotic, thunderous and thrillingly Medieval style event is held annually on on 2nd July and 16th August. Palio di Sienna 2020 is the exciting topic of this week’s blog. This is a race in which jockeys  ride for all they are worth— they ride for various contrade, or neighbourhoods. Betrayal is common. Guile is prized. There are no rules but one: A rider may not interfere with the reins of another horse! Siena’s Palio is as much about ceremony, civic identity and Sienese pride as it is about a bareback horse race that lasts, on average, less than 2 minutes!

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Palio photo from 2006 by Roberto Vicario

The race, dates back to the 13th century, and most likely began as Roman military training. The earliest races were on buffalos, and then on donkeys. The word palio itself means banner in Italian, and that’s all that the winning contrada receives. This banner bears the image of the Virgin Mary, in whose honour these wild races are held. Palio epitomises what the magical city of  Siena is all about.

History of Palio

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derivative work: Delfort

Held in honour of the Virgin Mary, the race takes place twice a year, on 2nd July and 16th August.  The first Palio raced in Siena is a tribute to the Madonna of Provenzano in Siena for its protection during the time of the war with Florence around the year 1260. It  has been held almost uninterruptedly in Siena’s civic hub, Piazza del Campo, since 1644 at least with some of the same rules and regulations still in place. During the middle age, the tradition was to celebrate the Palio in honour to the Saint patrons of the city. Since then Palio races marked other significant occasions, including visits by foreign dignitaries or conquerors, weddings of members of the nobility, or anniversaries of battle victories and other important events for the city. It is of paramount importance  to remember that The Palio is not an event staged for tourism – it is part of the life blood of the city!

Contrada

Sienna’s  city territory is divided into seventeen districts with boundaries established in 1729 by the Proclamation of Violante of Bavaria, the city government. Each Contrada is like a small state, governed by a seat headed by his Priore and driven to the “carousel” by a Captain, assisted by two or three Contradaioli called “Mangini.” Originally, there were about fifty-nine “Contrade”; now only seventeen remain, ten of which take part in the historical pageant and in the race at each Palio (seven by right and three drawn by lots). Each Contrada has its own unique emblem and colours and represents an area of the city.

At the beginning, it is known that there were 87 Contradas that represented an important social organization in the Renaissance and the Modern Siena. The importance of the Contrada for the Palio is extremely important,  because thanks to its’ participation and support in the organization of palio races, that this amazing tradition in Siena has survived.
Ten of the city’s seventeen contrade, or districts, are represented by a horse and jockey in each race. The seven districts that didn’t race in the previous July or August contest compete by right, and are joined by horses from three lucky ‘repeat’ contrade, drawn by lot.

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The seventeen Contrade Di Siena

The 17 Contrade are: Eagle, Snail, Wave, Panther, Forest, Tortoise, Owl, Unicorn, Shell, Tower, Ram, Caterpillar, Dragon, Giraffe, Porcupine, She-Wolf, Goose.

Each person belongs to a Contrada, participates in the life of the Contrada and the organisation of the Palio throughout the entire year. A Contrada has  within its territory, a church with an adjacent house storing assets, relics of victories hangings, costumes, flags, etc.  Preparation  for the Palio begin in earnest for days before it begins with intense preparation.  The Palio is a pretty complex event that has gained additional rules through the centuries,  as well as traditions and customs, many which only members of the contrada are aware of.

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Palio flags of the 17 Contrada photo by Wpopp (talk | contribs)

In these days leading up to the Palio, you can witness” la tratta” (the selection of the horses, around midday on June 29 and August 13), and the six horse trials that take place from the evening of la tratta day to the morning of Palio day. Horses are selected and assigned randomly only three days before the race. The Palio is more than just an equestrian competition. It is the culmination of rivalry and competition between the districts!

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Siena Piazzo del Campo photo by Wpopp (talk | contribs)

The Palio of Siena as an event takes place over 4 main days and the race is done on the last day. The first day is for the “Tratta”, or the drawing of the lots and assignment of the horses to each Contrada. After this procedure, each of the Contrada picks their jockey who can  win up to one million Euros these days if he wins the race!

After choosing the horses, there are 6 trial runs: one in the morning and one in the afternoon of the previous days of the race. Then there is one the evening before the race which is called the “prova generale” or general trial, and the last one takes place the morning of the main race and it’s called “provaccia” or bad trial given the little effort of the jockeys in running their horses.
The day of the race, before it starts, the city offers a custom parade which is called the “Corteo Storico”. This main spectacle, looks like a procession in which the members of the Contrada exhibit their best middle age customs and show their emblems and coats of arms in a very organized and symbolic way. After that, the Jockeys appear with their horses and start to take their positions in order.

Palio Day

The  day of the Palio race is pretty hectic by all accounts.

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Palio Civetta flag bearer photo by William Domenichini

8am is the mass  to bless the jockeys in the chapel next to the Palazzo Comunale, conducted by the Bishop.
10.30am the “segnatura dei fantini” takes place  which finalises the names of the jockeys in form of the mayor and other dignitaries.
3pm each Contrada performs a blessing ceremony of its horse and afterwards joins in the large parade in historical costume. With over 600 participants in this parade this is a breathtaking spectacle to behold, parade arrives around 5 p.m. at the Piazza del Campo and finishes around 6.30-7pm. The complex mechanism of the festival reaches its conclusion with the explosion of a firecracker announces the release of the horses into the piazza.

Then each jockey is given an ox whip, or nerbo to encourage the horse and block or provoke  his opponents during the race. They then proceed towards  the “mossa”, ( a point where two ropes have been stretched between them to line up horses and jockeys). As per the Siena Palio tradition the order of entry is established by luck and happens thanks to a particular extraction mechanism made with balls arranged in an oval container to ensure that the order of entry is decided only by the fate.The order of entrance has been decided by the luck of the draw  and the tenth horse and rider  enters this area at a running gallop thus signalling the start of the race. More firecrackers will sound if this is deemed to be invalid!

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Palio Tartuca flag bearer photo by or William Domenichini (User:Illy78)
As you can imagine, there is often mayhem and the start of the race can be prolonged well past twilight!

Once the race has actually begun the horses have to run three laps around the Campo and the one to cross the finishing line first is the winner , even if he comes in without his jockey!  The jockey who finishes second is held in more contempt than the one who comes in last. One the race is done the celebrations really begin in earnest and the party starts!

The winning Contrada receives the Drappellone, as the victorious Contrada members head towards the Church of Provenza (after the July race) or towards the Duomo (after the August race) for the “Te Deum” or prayer of thanks.   Then follows a huge victory dinner. Many  of the events over the four days are free and it is an immense privilege to  take part in them.
It would be correct to say that the horses are the real winners of the Palio Festival in Siena  especially since the victory can also be done with a ‘shaken’ horse, i.e. without its rider !

 

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Palio route – Piazza Del Campo dei Siena

First Palio Di Siena – July 2020

June 29th

12:00 Assigning of the Horses to the Contrade

7:45 The first Prova.

June 30th

9:00 The Second Prova

5:00 The Procession of the “Cero Votivo,” Votive Candle

7:45 The Third Prova

July 1st

9:00 The Fourth Prova

7:45 The Prova Generale

Dinner In Contrada afterwards

July 2nd

7:30 Mass of the Fantino in the Chapel of Piazza del Campo

9:00 Last Prova, known as the “Provaccia”

In the early afternoon, around 2:30, in the church of every contrada which participates in the Palio there is the Benediction of the Horses and of the Fantino

4:00 The Closing of Piazza del Campo begins

The only entrance way is at Via Dupre until 6:30 when the piazza is completely closed.

5:00 The beginning of the historic pageant

7:20 The corsa begins

After the Victory: Te deum of thanks in the Chiesa di piazza Provenzano

 

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Palio photo by Roberto Vicario

Second Palio Di Siena 2020 – August

August 13th
12:00 Assigning of the Horses to the Contrade
7:15 The first Prova
August 14th
9:00 The Second Prova
5:00 The Procession of the “Cero Votivo,” Votive Candle
7:15 The Third Prova

August 15th
9:00 The Fourth Prova
7:15 The Prova Generale
Dinner  in Contrada

August 16th
7:30 Mass of the Fantino in the Chapel of Piazza del Campo
9:00 Last Prova, known as the “Provaccia”
In the early afternoon, around 2:00, in the church of every contrada which participates in the Palio there is the Benediction of the Horses and of the Fantino
4:00 The Closing of Piazza del Campo begins
The only entrance way is at Via Dupre until 6:00 when the piazza is completely closed.
5:00 The beginning of the historic pageant
7:00 The corsa begins
After the Victory: Te deum of thanks in the Duomo of Siena

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Palio race 2011 photo by Roberto Vicario

The Palio represents without a doubt an incredibly  unique opportunity to live the warmth and passion of the city of Siena. If you have the opportunity of attending, do not pass up on this chance to experience such a passionate and special celebration. Tradition spans the centuries in the heart of Siena during this exciting event.

We are proud to be able to offer reserved tickets for sale for this amazing event in stands and balconies all around the square or private windows located in the historic palaces overlooking Piazza del Campo.

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Madrid- Teatro Real 2019-2020 Season

Madrid- Teatro Real 2019-2020 Season

The subject of this week’s blog is the exciting new season at the Teatro Real in Madrid. The 2019-2020 programme showcases modern composers such as Reich and Benjamin, less well known operas by Bellini and Mascagni ,along side firm favourites by Verdi and Wagner. This is a truly thrilling opera season, five titles, never before seen in the Teatro Real, will be presented on its stage.

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Madrid Teatro Real photo by Zarateman

Teatro Real

Considered one of the most important cultural institutions in Spain, “El Real ” has managed to become one of the main opera houses in the world, showcasing the talents of some of the most brilliant opera singers in the world.

The construction of the Real Teatro of Madrid took place in 1818. Fernando VII reigned at the moment, and the first stone was placed on April 23, when a Royal Order ruled the transformation of the Plaza de Oriente and the construction of an opera house commenced. From 1868 it was renamed: Teatro Nacional de la Ópera (National Opera Theater). In 1925 there was a collapse that resulted in a temporary closure.( well temporary stretched to 40 years).

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Madrid Teatro Real at night photo . y Luis García (Zaqarbal)

It  re opened in 1966 but, this time was  converted into an auditorium and headquarters of the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música y Escuela de Arte Dramático (Royal Conservatory of Music and School of Dramatic Art). Nevertheless, Madrid expected to have  an opera theatre that would put the Spanish capital in the front ranks of European and world culture. Rebuilding recommenced in 1991 and the grand  reopening of the Teatro Real of Madrid was the 11th of October in 1997 as a fully fledged  opera house. Since then many world renowned opera performers have graced the stage and the 2019-2020 season is offering 12 operas.

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Teatro Real photo by Gryffindor.

Highlights of the 2019-2020 Season.

Performances commence at 20.00h or matinees at 17.00h (m) unless otherwise stated.All performances will take place at the main Teatro Real unless otherwise stated.

The Pirate

Dating from 1827, Il Pirata is Bellini’s breakthrough opera. Several features delineate Bellini’s style and make the work influential for the rest of the 19th century. His extended melodic lines are on display. Fabulous Sonya Yoncheva stars at Imogene on the following dates-  30 nov; 3, 6. 9, 12, 15 Dec .

Dates: 30 Nov 2019, 1(18.00h), 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14, 15(18.00h), 16, 17, 18, 20 Dec 2019.

Into the Little Hill

George Benjamin’s Into the Little Hill was commissioned by the Festival d’Automne à Paris, and has been heralded as a modern masterpiece, weaving a story of real allegorical scope from just two singers who both narrate and enact.  It is a latter day retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamlyn. When a mysterious stranger with no eyes, no ears and no nose arrives in a town, promising to rid it of some troublesome rats with the aid of his music it seems too good to be true!

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Teatros Del Canal , Madrid photo by Luis García (Zaqarbal)

Performances take place at the Teatros del Canal.

Dates: 11, 13, 15 (all at 20.30h) Feb 2020.

Three Tales

Steve Reich’s collaboration with  video artist Beryl Korot , takes on nothing less than the perils of technology in our time. Throughout ‘Hindenburg’ , ‘Bikini’  and ‘Dolly’ (the , Reich and Korot ruminate on the ethics and considerations of our modern age, from nuclear testing and the environment to cloning and artificial intelligence. Brave, sharp and shocking – but not to be missed in this venue!

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Nave Matadero Madrid photo by Matadero Madrid Uploaded by Stromare

Performances take place at Naves Matadero. 

Dates:5, 6 (both at 20.30h) 7 (at 19.00h & 20.30h) Mar 2020.

Lear

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Bo Skovhus photo by Hansjorn

William Shakespeare has been an inspiration to a range of composers.Lear presents a turning point in Reimann’s career. It is among his most significant literary operas that have made him an internationally acclaimed modern classical composer.  His visceral score, a musical embodiment of primal human emotions, is sure to impress you. Wonderful Danish baritone Bo Skovhus stars in the title role.

Dates: 16, 19(18.00h), 22, 25, 28 Apr 2020.

La Traviata

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Michael Fabiano photo by Author Mdd050505 at English Wikipedia

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. The superb American tenor Michael Fabiano starts as Alfredo Germont on the following dates;  9, 12, 17, 20, 23 May

Dates: 9, 10(18.00h), 12, 13, 16, 17(18.00h), 21, 21, 23, 24(18.00h), May 2019, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19 Jul 2020.

Die Passagierin

Mieczysław Weinberg’s The Passenger  was written in 1967/68, and the opera relates the chance meeting of a former concentration camp guard and one of her former inmates on an ocean liner years after the war. The opera is  based on the book by Zofia Posmysz who has a story that is her life: She was active in the Polish resistance against the Nazis and came to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Conducted by David Afkham. Directed by Sir David Pountney. This is a Spanish premiere

Dates:8, 10, 14(18.00h),16, 18, 20, 22 Jun 2020.

 

Performances commence at 20.00h or matinees at 17.00h (m) unless otherwise stated.All performances will take place at the main Teatro Real unless otherwise stated.

Full  Opera Programme for 2019-2020.

Performances commence at 20.00h or matinees at 17.00h (m) unless otherwise stated.All performances will take place at the main Teatro Real unless otherwise stated.

DON CARLO by Verdi. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti/ Diego García Rodriguez. Directed by David McVicar. 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 Sep 2019, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6(18.00h) Oct 2019.

L’ELISIR D’AMORE by Donizetti. Conducted by Stefano Montanari. 29, 30 Oct 2019, 2, 3(18.00h), 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10(18.00h), 11, 12 Nov 2019.

THE PIRATE by Bellini. Conducted by Maurizio Benini. With Sonya Yoncheva. 30 Nov 2019, 1(18.00h), 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 14, 15(18.00h), 16, 17, 18, 20 Dec 2019.

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE by Mozart. Conducted by Ivor Bolton/ Kornilios Michilidis. 19(18.00h), 21, 25, 30 Jan 2020, 2(18.25h), 7, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24 Feb 2020.

INTO THE LITTLE HILL by Benjamin. Conducted by Tim Murray. Held at the Teatros del Canal.11, 13, 15 (all at 20.30h) Feb 2020.

DIE WALKÜRE by Wagner. Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado. 12(19.00h), 14, 16(m), 18, 21, 23(m), 25, 27, 28 Feb 2020 (all at 19.00h)

THREE TALES by Reich & Korot. Conducted by Naco de Paz. Held at Naves Matadero. 5, 6 (both at 20.30h), 7(19.00h & 20.30h) Mar 2020.

AQUILES IN ESCIROS by Corselli. Conducted by Ivor Bolton. 17, 19, 20, 22(18.00h), 23, 25, 26, 27 Mar 2020.

LEAR by Reimann. Conducted by Simone Young. 16, 19(18.00h), 22, 25, 28 Apr 2020.

LA TRAVIATA by Verdi. Conducted by Henrik Nánási/ Nicola Luisotti. With Michael Fabiano. 9, 10(18.00h), 12, 13, 16, 17(18.00h), 20, 21, 23, 24(18.00h) May 2020, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19 Jul 2020.

IRIS by Mascagni. Conducted by Evelino Pidó. 18, 22 May 2020.

DIE PASSAGIERIN by Weinberg. Conducted by David Afkham. Directed by Sir David Pountney. 8, 10, 14(18.00h),16, 18, 20, 22 Jun 2020.

Venues reserve the right to change their programme without any notice. Showcase Opera and Events cannot be responsible for any amendments or cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. Please reconfirm the time of performance when booking and on arrival at destination.

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Teatro Real photo by Marc Ryckaert (MJJR)

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Barcelona – Gran Teatre del Liceu 2019-2020 Season.

Barcelona – Gran Teatre del Liceu 2019-2020 Season.

The subject of this week’s blog is Barcelona’s Liceu Opera house – one of Europe’s most important opera houses A former convent and theatre, the Gran Teatre del  Liceu hasn’t always resembled the opera house we see today. Its history is full of ups and downs and mysteries that make this venue intriguing and bewitching! The 2019  – 2020 season has something for all opera lovers, showcasing fresh talents alongside perennial favourites.

Gran Teatre Del Liceu

Created in 1847, Gran Teatre del Liceu  is the oldest theatre and opera house in Barcelona. In 1994, the theatre building was consumed by a fire that completely destroyed the main room and set. This event shook the population, who deeply cherished the establishment. Eventually, the theatre was rebuilt, reopening its doors to the public in 1999.It  wasn’t the first time this symbol of Barcelona had gone up in flames. A fire in 1861 ravaged it almost completely and the theatre was the scene of an anarchist attack in 1893,  when a bomb exploded onstage in the middle of a performance, leaving 22 people dead and injuring 35.

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Gran Teatre Del Liceu photo by Enfo

Today,  the Gran Teatre del Liceu is the most popular venue in Barcelona for Opera. The world’s leading singers, ballet troupes and dance companies have all played the Liceu. Architecturally, the building is worth a visit as it is a historic monument in its own right. Entering its main hall is like stepping back into the 19th century. A large marble staircase in the neo-Classical style leads you up to the first floor, with the Hall of Mirrors, a beautiful room that preserves the atmosphere of the old theatre. The  theatre  has a horseshoe floor design with five levels of stalls that can seat over 2,000 people. The theatre has a magical quality that is really unique and this just adds to the enthralment each audience feels.

The new season runs from 5th October 2019 until 2nd August 2020.

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Gran Teatre Del Liceu photo by Michael Paraskevas

Highlights of the 2019-2020 Season.

Performances commence at 20.00h or matinees at 17.00h (m) unless otherwise stated.

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. Similarly to  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. This is a brand new production directed by video artist Franc Aleu and conducted by Josep Pons.

Dates: 5, 7, 8, 10, 13(m) 14, 15, 16, 18, 20(18.00h) 22, 24, 25, Oct 2019.

Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci

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Roberto Alagna as Mario Cavaradossi at London’s Royal Opera House photo by Wehwalt

Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci  are an inseparable duo. Even though these two operas weren’t originally intended to be performed together, the double bill has become so common that Cav/Pag has taken on a life of its own.  Each opera is only about 75 minutes long, so pairing them up for a full night at the opera makes perfect sense.  Fantastic French tenor, Roberto Alagna  stars in both on 5,9,13,18 December.

Dates: 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15(18.00h) 16, 18, 19, 21, 22(18.00h). Dec 2019.

Dialogues Between Tirant and Carmesina

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Josep Ramon Olivé photo by Sms21

This is an exciting  new chamber  opera created by Joan Magrané which  explores the “sexual tension” between Tirant and Carmesina, the protagonists of the novel Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell. The opera is interpreted by Josep-Ramon Olivé, Isabella Gaudí and Anna Alàs Jové.

Dates: 13, 14, 15(all at 21.00h) Feb 2020.

Lohengrin

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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.Klaus Florian Vogt stars in the title role – the German tenor’s signature role !

Dates: 19(19.00h) 22(m) 25, 28, 31(all at 19.00h) Mar 2020, 3(19.00h) 5(m) Apr 2020.

Semiramide (concert version) 

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Joyce DiDonato at Wigmore Hall 2017 photo by A MA

Gioachino Rossini’s final opera seria, one of his most-performed works in the 19th century, shows his protagonists in their desperate attempts to escape the remorseless grasp of fate, to maintain control over the consequences of their own actions and to free themselves from the inscrutable entanglement of power, violence and passion!  Talented American soprano Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role.

Dates: 30 Apr 2020, 3(m) May 2020.

Carmen

Bizet’s Carmen has everything you want from an opera: high drama, passionate characters, a love story. And what’s more it’s absolutely packed with great melodies – even if you don’t know the opera, you’ll definitely know the tune!

Dates: 8, 9, 11, 12, 14(m) 15, 17, 18, 20, 21 (both at 18.00h), 22 Jun 2020.

Full  Opera Programme for 2019-2020

Performances commence at 20.00h or matinees at 17.00h (m) unless otherwise stated.

TURANDOT by Puccini. Conducted by Joseph Pons. 7, 8, 10, 11, 13(m), 14, 15, 16, 18, 20(18.00h), 22, 24, 25 Oct 2019.

DOÑA FRANCISQUITA by Vives. Conducted by Oliver Díaz. 10(m), 11, 12, 15, 16, 17(18.00h) Nov 2019.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI by Mascagni/ Leoncavallo. Conducted by Henrik Nánási. 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15(18.00h), 16, 18, 19, 21, 22(18.00h) Dec 2019.

AIDA by Verdi. Conducted by Gustavo Gimeno.13, 14, 16, 17, 19(m), 20, 22, 23, 27, 28, 30, 31 Jan 2020, 1, 2(m) Feb 2020.

DIALOGUES BETWEEN TIRANT & CARMESINA by Magrané. Conducted by Francesc Prat. 13, 14, 15(all at 21.00h) Feb 2020.

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO by Mozart. Conducted by Philippe Auguin. 19, 20, 22, 23(m), 25, 27 Feb 2020, 17, 26(18.00h), 28, 29 Apr 2020.

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LOHENGRIN by Wagner. Conducted by Joseph Pons. With Klaus Florian Vogt. 19, 22(m), 25, 28, 31 Mar 2020, 3, 5(m) Apr 2020 (all at 19.00h).

SEMIRAMIDE (concert version) by Rossini. Conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni. With Joyce DiDonato. 30 Apr 2020, 3(m) May 2020.

ALCIONE by Marais. Conducted by Jordi Savall. 16, 18, 20, 22, 23 May 2020.

CARMEN by Bizet. Conducted by Patrick Summers. 8, 9, 11, 12, 14(m) 15, 17, 18, 20(18.00h), 21(18.00h), 22 Jun 2020.

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA by Rossini. Conducted by Manuel López-Gómez. 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 Jul 2020, 1(18.00h), 2(m) Aug 2020.

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Interior of Teatre Del Liceu photo by Jordiferrer

Venues reserve the right to change their programme without any notice. Showcase Opera and Events cannot be responsible for any amendments or cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. Please reconfirm the time of performance when booking and on arrival at destination.

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 the wonders that this beautiful venue offers or to book tickets  for any of the marvellous events at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona  2019-2020 please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma 2019-2020 Season

Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma 2019-2020 Season

In the country that gave birth to many of the most famous operas and singers in the world, opera really is part of the Italian psyche. Rome, the “eternal city” has a unique and fascinating history, its’ thousand churches, palaces and fountains; the city that the city that inspired poets and writers, philosophers and politicians, popes, and kings, travellers and students. One of the highlights of Rome is Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera which still  retains all of  its’ 19th century splendour today.

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Sant’ Angelo Bridge , Rome at dusk, photo . by Jebulon

Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma

Since it’s opening in 1880 Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera has staged some of opera’s most magnificent and prestigious performances. From the world premier of Puccini’s Tosca to star performances from Enrico Caruso, Maria Callas and Joan Sutherland, the theatre attracts the best musical talent in the world. The “Teatro dell’Opera di Roma” was named Teatro Costanzi from its construction in 1879 to the purchase by the Governorship of Rome in 1926, taking the name after Domenico Costanzi (1810-1898), the contractor who build it and who entrusted the realization to the Milanese architect Achille Sfondrini (1836-1900). It was erected in just eighteen months in the site where the ancient Elagabalus’ Villa stood, and it was inaugurated on 27 November 1880 with a performance of “Semiramide” by Gioacchino Rossini. Today the Opera House, renowned for its fine acoustics, can seat around 2,200 people.

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And the Teatro dell’Opera is perhaps most recognised for one particular concert; the first performance of The Three Tenors, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo and the legendary Luciano Pavarotti on 7th July 1990. The trio sang in the ancient Roman Baths of Caracalla, the Teatro’s open-air summer home. Their well-chosen set list, covering several different compositions, would introduce opera to a much wider audience. And the spectacular, spine-tingling and totally unforgettable finale of Nessun Dorma from Puccini’s Turandot would take them and the teatro to stratospheric levels, with the album of the concert going on to become the best-selling classical album of all time.

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Teatro dell’Opera di Roma has gained an increase in international prestige over the years, and the upcoming season is no exception. From ballet and opera to musicals, concerts and drama, there is something in store for every theatre enthusiast.              Opera and ballet performances are staged between January and November at Teatro Costanzi, while during the summer, the programme takes place in the stunning scenery of the open-air Roman Terme di Caracalla.

Highlight of the 2019-2020 Season

The season runs from 10th September  2019 – 13th November 2020 and here are just a few highlights.

Performances commence at 19.00h or matinees at 15.00h (m) unless otherwise stated. Performances take place at Teatro Costanzi unless otherwise stated.

Idomeneo Re Di Creta 

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. Conducted by Michele Mariotti.

Dates: 8, 10, (m) 12, 14, 16, (18.00hr) Nov 2019.

I Capuleti E I Montecchi

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Daniele Gatti photo by Presidenza della Repubblica

A pair of star-crossed lovers, a drinking potion that simulates death, and blood “senselessly shed” are elements Bellini’s opera shares with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But Bellini’s version of the Bard’s drama was based on Italian, not English, sources, and the composer actually pieced together its score by using several of his arias he believed had been under appreciated! Conducted by  the maestro – Daniele Gatti.

Dates: 23(20.00h), 26(m), 28(20.00h) Jan 2020, 1(18.00h), 4, 6(both at 20.00h) Feb 2020.

Turandot

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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. This production is directed by the famous contemporary Chinese artist Ai WeiWei. Conducted by Alejo Pérez.

Dates: 25, 27(both at 20.00h), 28(18.00h), 29(m), 31(20.00h) Mar 2020, 1, 2, 3(all at 20.00h), 4 (18.00h), 5(m) Apr 2020.

Messa Da Requiem

Verdi’s Messa da Requiem must be one of the greatest classical works of all time! Verdi wrote his requiem in response to the deaths of two of Italy’s greatest artistic figures, the composer Gioacchino Rossini and the nationalist poet Alessandro Manzoni. This is conducted by  the talented  Korean pianist and conductor- Myung-whun Chung.

Date: 30(20.00h) May 2020.

The Rake’s Progress

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Stravinsky’s neo-classical score is a different kind of treat for opera lovers, but a most pleasing one! The Rake’s Progress is a masterpiece by one of the 20th Century’s greatest composers and is a piece that will intrigue you musically, while compelling you to care deeply for its flawed protagonist. Juan Francisco Gatell stars as Tom Rakewell. Conducted by Daniele Gatti.

Dates: 18(19.00h), 20, 22(both at 20.00h), 25(m), 27(20.00h), 29(18.00h) Oct 2020

La Traviata

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Sofia Coppola photo by Thierry Garcia

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 ives 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. This production is directed by the amazingly talented Sofia Coppola. Conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni.

Dates: 3, 4, 5, 6, (all at 20.00h) 7, (18.00h) 8, (m) 10, 11, 12, 13, (all at 20.00h) Nov 2020

 

2019-2020 Programme in Full

Performances commence at 19.00h or matinees at 15.00h (m) unless otherwise stated. Performances take place at Teatro Costanzi unless otherwise stated.

WORK IN PROGRESS/ WAITING FOR THE SYBIL by Calder/ Kentridge. Conductor T.B.C. 10(20.30h), 11, 12, 13(all at 21.00h) 14, 15(both at 18.00h) Sep 2019.

DON GIOVANNI by Mozart. Conducted by Jérémie Rhorer. 27, 28(18.00h), 29(m) Sep 2019, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5(18.00h), 6(m) Oct 2019

IDOMENEO, RE DI CRETA by Mozart. Conducted by Michele Mariotti. 8, 10(m), 12, 14, 16(18.00h) Nov 2019.

UN ROMANO A MARTE by Montalti. Conducted by John Axelrod. Staged at Teatro Nazionale. 22(20.00h), 23(18.00h), 24(m) Nov 2019.

LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES by Verdi. Conducted by Daniele Gatti. 10(18.00h), 13(19.00h), 15(m), 17, 19(both 19.00h), 22(m) Dec 2019.

TOSCA by Puccini. Conducted by Pier Giorgio Morandi. 12(20.00hr), 14(18.00h), 18, 20(both at 20.00h), 21(18.00h) Dec 2019.

I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI by Bellini. Conducted by Daniele Gatti. 23(20.00h), 26(m), 28(20.00h) Jan 2020, 1(18.00h), 4, 6(both at 20.00h) Feb 2020.

EUGENE ONEGIN by Tchaikovsky. Conducted by James Conlon. 18, 21(both at 20.00h), 23(m), 25(20.00h), 29(18.00h) Feb 2020.

TURANDOT by Puccini. Conducted by Alejo Pérez. Directed by Ai Weiwei. 25, 27(both at 20.00h), 28(18.00h), 29(m), 31(20.00h) Mar 2020, 1, 2, 3(all at 20.00h), 4 (18.00h), 5(m).

KÁT’A KABANOVÁ by Janáček. Conducted by David Robertson. 19(19.00h) 21(20.00h), 24(18.00h), 26(m), 28(20.00h) Apr 2020.

LUISA MILLER by Verdi. Conducted by Roberto Abbado. 22(20.00h) 24(m), 26, 28(both 20.00h), 31(m) May 2020.

MESSA DA REQUIEM by Verdi. Conducted by Myung-whun Chung. 30(20.00h) May 2020.

CARMEN by Bizet. Conducted by Bertrand de Billy. 13(20.00h), 14(m), 16, 17, 19(all at 20.00h), 20(18.00h), 21(m), 23, 24, 25 (all at 20.00h) Jun 2020.

THE RAKE’S PROGRESS by Stravinsky. Conducted by Daniele Gatti. 18(19.00h), 20, 22(both at 20.00h), 25(m), 27(20.00h), 29(18.00h) Oct 2020.

OEDIPUS REX by Stravinsky. Conducted by Daniele Gatti. 23, 24, (both at 20.00h) Oct 2020.

LA TRAVIATA by Verdi. Conducted by Paolo Arrivabeni. Directed by Sofia Coppola. 3, 4, 5, 6, (all at 20.00h) 7, (18.00h) 8, (m) 10, 11, 12, 13, (all at 20.00h) Nov 2020

Venues reserve the right to change their programme without any notice. Showcase Opera and Events cannot be responsible for any amendments or cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances. Please reconfirm the time of performance when booking and on arrival at destination.

 

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!

Teatro_dell'Opera_a_RomaTeatro Dell Opera a Roma photo by LPLT

For more information about the wonders that this gorgeous city offers the discerning traveller or to book tickets  for any of the marvellous events at  Teatro Dell Opera a Roma 2019-2020 please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Puccini Festival at Torre Del Lago 2020.

Puccini Festival at Torre Del Lago 2020.

Join the amazing  2020 Puccini Festival set in the beautiful lakeside village of Torre del Lago. The 66th annual Puccini Festival at Torre Del Lago is taking place from 17th July– 23rd Aug 2020 and it looks every bit as thrilling as it’s predecessors. Puccini, the celebrated master of Italian opera, thought of Torre del Lago as paradise and famously said, “I would like to come here and listen to one of my operas in the open air”. While this only remained only a dream in his lifetime, you can now share in his vision. This is a must for all true opera lovers and we are delighted to be able to offer tickets to these incredible performances.

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Giacomo Puccini  is one of opera’s most popular composers. His operas are famed worldwide for the drama and pathos of their plots, for their wonderful melodies and for the wealth of great roles they provide for  opera singers. The Puccini Festival was started in 1930, and has been held annually ever since from mid July to mid August. The festival takes place in a the small village of  Torre Del Lago near Viarregio in Tuscany. This incredible festival hosts over 400000 enthralled spectators annually in a marvellous open air theatre which is situated just a stones throw away from where Puccini lived and worked.

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Giacomo Puccini, born on December 22, 1858,  in Lucca ,started the operatic trend toward realism with his popular works, which are among the most often performed in opera history, including La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and Tosca. His entire family  had been tightly interwoven with the musical life of the city, providing five generations of organists and composers to the Cathedral of San Martino, Lucca’s religious heart.  Apparently  Puccini thought of Torre del Lago as paradise.This has been thought to be expressing the hope that his operas would be performed in the extraordinary natural stage offered by the Massaciuccoli Lake and from here the dream of Torre Del Lago Festival was born.

 Parco Della Music Di Giacomo Puccini

The newly built theatre is surrounded by an impressive park to recreate the atmosphere which captured Giacomo Puccini’s heart and inspired his works. Likewise, outdoors in the park, there are exhibits by the many artists who have been inspired by the life and work of Giacomo Puccini, such as Igor Mitoraj, Jean-Michel Folon, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Pietro Cascella and Nall.

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Preliminary Programme 13th July– 23 August 2020

Performances commence at 21.15h unless otherwise stated

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: 17, 24 Jul 2020, 2, 21 Aug 2020

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.

Dates: 18, 31 Jul 2020, 8, 16 Aug 2020

 Manon Lescaut 

Manon Lescaut is a wonderful  depiction of the urgency of young love! Inspired by the eponymous novel by the Abbé Prévost, Puccini achieved his first major success with Manon Lescaut. The story of the rise and fall of the courtesan Manon was written with captivating music, true to the principles of verism and with the right amount of heart rendering emotion in passages such as the famous aria “Sola, perduta, abbandonata” of act four.

Dates: 25 Jul 2020, 7 Aug 2020

La Bohème

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.

Dates: 1, 9, 22 Aug 2020

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Date: 13 Aug 2020

Madama Butterfly

This is opera’s most enduring tale of unrequited love -Madame Butterfly, is just heartbreakingly beautiful. The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house.

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Photo of Madama Butterfly courtesy of Puccini Festival

Dates:  14, 23 Aug 2020

One of the Highlights of Puccini  Related Places to Visit

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Villa Puccini Di Torre Del Lago photo by Sailko

Villa Puccini in Torre del Lago (run at half hourly intervals for a 40 minutes’ guided tour in English language). Over looking the beautiful Torre del Lago is the maestros residence, walking through the door you’re instantly transported back to the time the great man was composing his masterpiece. See the piano on which he worked, the notes he wrote on his deathbed, and other mementoes of a life lived to the full!

Pre-booking highly recommended.

Venues reserve the right to change their programme without any notice.

Showcase Opera & Events cannot be responsible for any amendments or cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.

Please reconfirm the time of performance when booking and on arrival at destination.

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 sensational festival  and to book tickets for 2020
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The Metropolitan Opera Company 2019-2020 Season

The Metropolitan Opera Company 2019-2020 Season

The 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. The Met’s incredible 2019-2020 Season is tantalising and exciting!

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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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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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Met Programme 1935 form The Metropolitan Opera Association, New York, NY

 

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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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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Highlights of 2019-2020 Season

There are a plethora of stars appearing in the 2019- 2020 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.

Porgy and Bess

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Angel Blue photo by WestCoastArtists

The most famous American opera opens the season. George Gershwin’s  masterpiece – Porgy and Bess is being performed at the Met for the first time in almost 30 years. The action takes place in South Carolina in the 1930s. Gershwin’s gospel-drenched opera sees the noble Porgy attempt to rescue Bess from her twin demons.   Eric Owens and Angel Blue  star in the title roles.

Dates: 23, (6pm), 27, (8pm), 30, Sep 2019, 5, ( 1pm) 10, 13( 3pm) 16, Oct 2019, 8, 11, 15, 18 ( 8pm) 24, 28, Jan 2020. 1 ( 1pm) Feb 2020.

Turandot

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Nina Stemme photo by Sandra Ott

Famous for the wonderful aria ‘Nessun Dorma’,  Puccini’s Turandot has plenty more gorgeous music and a wonderful narrative. Turandot is a beautiful and brutal princess, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. No one has ever succeeded. Christine Goerke and Nina Stemme, reprise their fierce portrayals of the title princess. Stemme appears in the April performances.

Dates: 3, 6, (m) 9, ( 1pm), 19, ( 12.30pm), 23, 26( 8.30pm ) Oct 2019. 9, 13, 17 ( 8pm) 21, 25, ( 1pm) April 2020.

Madama Butterfly

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This is opera’s most enduring tale of unrequited love -Madame Butterfly, is just heartbreakingly beautiful. The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house.  Leading sopranos Hui He and Ana María Martínez share the lead role.  With Plaćido Domingo starring as Sharpless on 6, 9, 13, 16 November 2019.

Dates: 11, 15, 18 (8pm) Oct 2019, 2, (1pm) 6, 9, ( 1pm), 13, 16, (8pm) 22, 25,Nov 2019, 1, 4, 7, 11( 8pm) April 2020.

Akhnaten

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In Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, an Egyptian pharaoh from the 14th century BC, made history by attempting to replace his people’s multiple gods with a single deity: the experiment didn’t succeed.  This beautiful, slowly seductive, hypnotic  opera stars American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo  in the title role and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges as Nefertiti.

Dates: 8, ( 8pm) 12, 15, (8pm) 19, 23, ( 1pm) 30 (8pm) November 2019, 4, 7 ( 1pm) December 2019.

Agrippinna

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Joyce DiDonato at Wigmore Hall 2017 photo by A MA

The three-act opera, Agrippina was composed by  George Frideric Handel and premiered on December 26, 1709, at the Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo in Venice, Italy. The opera tells the story of Agrippina as she schemes to get her son, Nero, to take over the throne from the Roman Emperor Claudius.  The title role in Sir David McVicar’s production is performed by  American Mezzo- soprano Joyce DiDonato. DiDonato herself is a performer of glorious voice and incredible stage presence, her portrayal of this classical heroine is bound to be breathtaking.

Dates: 6, 9, (m) 13, 17 22, (8pm) 25, 29 ( 1pm) February 2020, 3, 7 ( 8pm) March 2020.

Tosca

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Anna Netrebko photo by Manfred Werner (Tsui)

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 operatic diva Anna Netrebko stars in the title role in all dates aside from 15th and 18th April when Jennifer Rowley takes over the role.

Dates: 26, 29, ( 2pm) Mar 2020, 2, 5, ( 5pm) 11, (1pm) 15, 18 April 2020.

Maria Stuarda

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Diana Damrau photo by FA2010

What would have happened had Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots met face to face? A thrilling imagining of this showdown is at the heart of this opera. Donizetti’s riveting opera transports you to a Britain at war with itself and overcome by uncertainty and strife. Fabulous soprano Diana Damrau, stars in all dates as the title role.

Dates: 19, (m) 12, 27, 30 April 2020, 3, (1pm) 9 (m) May 2020.

Full Programme

September 23 2019 – February 1 2020: Porgy and Bess.

September 24- October 26 2019: Manon
September 25- October 12 2019: Macbeth
October 3 2019- April 25 2020: Turandot
October 11 2019- April 11 2020: Madama Butterfly
October 20- November 10 2019: Orfeo ed Euridice
October 25 2019- May 7 2020: La Bohème
November 8- December 7 2019: Akhnaten
November 16 2019- February 22 2020: Le Nozze di Figaro 
November 29- December 21 2019: The Queen of Spades 
December 13 2019- January 4 2020: Der Rosenkavalier
December 15 2019- January 4 2020: The Magic Flute
December 27 2019- January 22 2020: Wozzeck
January 10- March 19 2020: La Traviata
January 25- February 15 2020: La Damnation de Faust
February 6- March 7 2020: Agrippina
February 15- March 14 2020: Così fan tutte
March 2-27 2020: Der fliegende Holländer
March 12- April 3 2020: La Cenerentola 
March 16- April 4 2020: Werther
March 26- April 18 2020: Tosca
April 10-25 2020: Simon Boccanegra 
April 28- May 8 2020: Manon Lescaut
May 2-9 2020: Káťa Kabanová

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Rugby Six Nations Championship 2020

Rugby Six Nations Championship 2020

Rugby’s greatest championship will  once again take place over five  weekends in 2020, beginning on Saturday 1st  February and finishing with a Championship ‘Super Saturday’ on March 14th.  Passions are raised, expectations heightened and hopes dashed year after year in this most thrilling of games The outcome of the 2019 Six Nations was settled at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff when Wales won back the title from Ireland. Who knows, however, what 2020 will bring  or who the victors will be – but the excitement will be palpable! 

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Brief History

The Six Nations Championship is the oldest rugby championship in the world, dating back to 1882. Originally held between the four United Kingdom countries England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, France joined in 1910 and Italy joined in 2000.

In 1871, England and Scotland clashed in the first official rugby union international. Over the following 12 years, both the English and Scots would compete against each other in an occasional friendly encounter. However it was in 1882 – where Ireland and Wales would join the fray – that the inaugural ‘Home International Championship’ was created.

England would be victorious – claiming a clean sweep and therefore the Triple Crown (an award for beating all Home Nations in the same year). Up until 1893, England and Scotland would share championship glory, though several controversies meant many were not fully completed.

Wales would cause anger through the rewarding of a testimonial fund to then star player Arthur Gould, while England were banned from the tournament in 1888 and 1889 due to an on-going argument with the newly formed International Rugby Board (IRB).

Welsh and Irish triumphs in 1893 and 1894 ended Anglo-Scottish dominance, yet the competition did not really take proper shape until France’s inclusion in 1910, and the development of the ‘Five Nations’.

England would again win the first newly formed ‘Five Nations’ tournament. The following season in 1911, Wales would record the first Grand Slam: a tag given to a side who had defeated the other four teams in that calendar year.

The championship was temporarily suspended twice for World Wars I (1914-1918) and II (1939-1945). In between, Scotland would claim their debut Grand Slam in 1925, whilst France would be barred from the tournament in 1931.

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Six Nations Rugby at Murrayfield 2017 photo by wolljuergen

Reasons for France’s omission included fears over a developing professionalism within the French game, in what was still an amateur sport.

From 1932-39, the competition was re-branded the Home Nations, before France gained re-entry in 1947 and the championship reverted back to being the Five Nations.

Ireland would celebrate their first (and to this day their only) Five Nations Grand Slam in 1948. The returning French would claim their first shared title in 1954 alongside England and Wales. They would finally claim an outright title victory in 1959 – in the process ending a 44-year long barren spell.

So before the start of the 1960s, the Five Nations Championship, a unique international rugby tournament, had been firmly established.

In the millennium year of 2000, Italy would join the championship previously known as the Five Nations, leading to it being renamed the RSB Six Nations Championship. As in previous years, more rugby history was created post 2000.

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Brief Explanation

The RBS 6 Nations Championship is contested each season over seven weekends during February, March and sometimes April by the international sides of France, England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.Each team plays the other five once per season with home advantage in alternate seasons  giving a total of 15 matches per Championship. The RBS 6 Nations Championship Trophy is presented to the team who earn the most points during the season, with 2 points being awarded for a win, and 1 point for a drawn match.f two or more teams finish the Championship with the same number points, the winner is decided on match-points difference (subtracting match-points ‘against’ from match-points ‘for’ in all Championship matches). If there is still no winner, then it is awarded to the team who scored the most tries during the Championship.
If ……after all this a winner still cannot be decided then the Championship is shared between the teams. This may sound confusing but the exultation, pride  passion that is felt during these matches has no comparison. Even if you are not a rugby fan one cannot help be swept away by the drama of this noble sport!

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Opening Fixtures 

Saturday 1st February 2020
Principality Stadium, Cardiff – Kick off at 14.15pm
Wales V Italy
Aviva Stadium, Dublin – Kick off at 16.45pm
Ireland VsScotland
Sunday 2nd February 2020
Stade de France, Paris – Kick off at 15.00pm
France V England
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The Rest of the Games

ROUND 2

Saturday 8th February 2020

Sunday 9th February 2020

ROUND 3 

Saturday 22nd February 2020

Sunday 23rd February 2020

ROUND 4

Saturday 7th March 2020

Sunday 8th March 2020

ROUND 5 

Saturday 14th March 2020

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We are delighted to be able to offer the option of several outstanding hospitality packages for some of  the games that take place.

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Italian Football Serie A 2019-2020 Season

Italian Football Serie A 2019-2020 Season

In the world of football, it’s that time of the year again  …season ticket renewal, fixture list announcement, pre-season friendly games.  The subject of this  week’s blog is perhaps the most thrilling of football leagues .The 2019–20 Serie A (known as the Serie A TIM for sponsorship reasons) will be the 118th season of top-tier Italian football and it promises to be a thrilling season yet again. Teams promoted last season were Brescia (after an 8 year absence from the league ), Lecce ( after 7 years ) and Hellas Verona (after just one year). Chievo, Frosinone and Empoli were the relegated teams from last season. Juventus are the reigning champions but all of that could change with the up coming season!

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History of Football

While football has been played for centuries, its beginnings were quite different from the beautiful game you might see today. For starters, the balls didn’t begin round and they weren’t made of rubber either. Instead a pig’s bladder was blown up and encased in leather, which made it more egg shaped in appearance. The ball was lighter than they are today, but became heavier in wet conditions because of high absorbency. There was no missing a goal because it went over the cross bar, as this was introduced later on, so for a while it didn’t matter how high you kicked the ball to score a goal, as long as it was between the posts. As well as the standard footie kit in the late 19th century, the footballers also had to wear head gear as part of their strip which looked like a bobble hat and this fashion lasted well into the next century.

It went on to become popular in every sector of society, hence the reason why it has become the most popular sport around the world and why it continues to be such a community building sport today.

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Juventus Vs Milan November 11th 2018 photo by Merson

Although England is the birthplace of football as we know it, there’s no country in the world more enthusiastic about the sport than Italy. No wonder – Gli Azzurri is one of the most successful teams in the world, and the rest of the major teams in the country having won almost 50 major trophies, which makes the country the second most successful country in European football, only bested by Spain. Serie A is followed not only by the locals but by millions of fans all over the world.

 

History of Serie A

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The oldest Italian championships officially considered (the FIF tournament – Federation Italienne du Football) were not played in a single league but played in various regional groups with play-offs. The award was a Cup which could be kept after winning three tournaments.
The first Cup was offered in 1898 by the Duca degli Abruzzi, a member of the Royal House of Savoy, and was awarded to Genoa Cricket & Football Club in 1901. (Not to be confused with theMedaglia di Re, a trophy for challenge matches secured by Milan in 1902.)
The second trophy was offered by Dan Fawcus, player and manager of Genoa, and was awarded to his team in 1904.
The third (and last) Cup was offered in 1905 by James R. Spensley the old goalkeeper of Genoa who became manager and FIF referee. It was gained by SG Pro Vercelli.

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During that early period, most of football teams played for the FNGI (Italian Federation of Gymnastics) instead of FIF events (or indifferently for both federations). FNGI organised annual Concorsi Federali di Calcio (official Italian championships) sometimes inserting that events in the three-yearly Concorsi Nazionali FGNI, a sort of national Convention of all sports (like Olympic games). The necessity to perform a lot of different sports was the reason for their seasonal placing (summer or early autumn) in order to have dry fields to play. FIF Championships were rather played in winter time.

Italian Serie A is an Italian football championship – one of the oldest national football competitions in the world. Italian Serie A championship exists since 1929 and is played every year.

Currently 20 top division football clubs take part in it. During the course of the season which lasts from August to May each team plays 38 games: two games with each of the 19 opponents. One game takes place on the home field, the other – on the way field. During the championship clubs are awarded points: a draw is worth one point, a defeat does not bring any points and a victory means all 3 points for a club.

If several teams have equal number of points the winner is decided with the goals scored. The championship being over, the club with the biggest number of points becomes the winner of the Italian Serie A. For the following season the winners have the right to put a patch of the tricolour Italian flag called “scudetto” on their shirts. Three clubs that finished in places 18-20 go down to Serie B championship and, respectively, 3 strongest clubs of Serie В ascend the ladder to play Serie A fixtures.

Serie A’s most successful club is Juventus which has 28 titles. It is followed by Italian clubs Milan and Internazionale who have 18 championship titles each. Third most successful team is Genoa with nine titles.

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Serie A is ranked 3rd according to the UEFA’s league coefficient after English and Spanish national football championships. Serie A enjoys participation of  the very best football players both from Italy and other countries of the world. And Italian championship games are watched by football supporters from all over the world.

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Italian Serie A 2019-20

Italian Serie A 2018-19 season will be starting on the weekend of  Saturday 24th  August 2019.  The season will finish on the weekend of Sunday 24th May  May 2020.There will be three midweek rounds, on September 25th, October 30th and April 22nd. There will be four international breaks: 8th September 2019, 13th October 2019, 17th November 2019 and 29th March 2020 and The Christmas break is scheduled for the weekend of December 29th 2019, resuming on January 5th 2020.

There is Euro 2020 next summer with four games scheduled at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, including the opening ceremony on June 12th 2020.

Fixtures

Here is a table of the fixtures for the 2019-2020 Season

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For more information about Serie A, further fixtures, and  our available hospitality packages  and for booking tickets for all the games in the 2019 -2020 season, please contact us
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Moscow – Bolshoi Theatre 2019 -2020 Season

Moscow – Bolshoi Theatre 2019 -2020 Season

Moscow, Russia’s capital city,  traces its history back to 1147, when it was mentioned in the chronicles for the first time.  Despite all the trials and tribulations Moscow faced over the centuries, its architectural landscape still boasts structures from almost every historical period. It is a most wonderful city to visit with iconic buildings and a string  cultural identity  which have spent long centuries at the very heart of the nation.The subject of this week’s blog, the Bolshoi Theatre holds an important place in the history of ballet and opera.

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St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow- photo by Julius Silver

Bolshoi Theatre

Ballet is perhaps the preeminent art form of Russia, and has been for a long time. So it’s no surprise that this is the home of one of the most respected theatres in the world. The Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow is one of the largest performance halls in all of Europe (just behind La Scala of Milan), and features one of the oldest and most revered ballet companies in the world. With its long and complicated past of foreign interventionism, imperial pride, destruction, and revolutionary ideas, the Bolshoi Theatre is about as Russian as it gets.  The Bolshoi has been home to some of the world’s greatest dancers and directors. Russian ballet and opera have produced some of the great cultural high points in world history. The imposing home of the internationally-famed Bolshoi ballet and opera was constructed in 1824 by Osip Bove, though the company itself was begun in 1776 as a dancing school for the Moscow Orphanage. For much of its history, the Bolshoi was overshadowed by the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, but with Moscow’s restoration as the capital in 1918 it gained preeminence.  It is not only ballet that the theatre is famed for, the Bolshoi has an incredible reputation for opera too.

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The Bolshoi Theatre photo by Alexey Vikhrov

The origin of Russian opera can be traced back to 1731 when Frederick Augustus I (King of Poland and Elector of Saxony) lent his Italian opera troupe to Empress Anna for the celebration of her coronation in Moscow. As the 18th century progressed early Russian composers, trained at home and abroad, started to appear. The 19th century was perhaps the pinnacle of Russian opera. In addition to many talented new Russian composers, private theatre started to emerge in Russia, giving opera a much wider audience. This new audience longed for a genre that would combine music, literature, and scenic movement. Moving on to the Russian opera of the 21st century it – is at the beginning of a new era of evolution. Just like the start of the previous two centuries, which saw great development in the art, opera within Russia once again has the freedom of expression that was once stifled under the Soviet regime.

The 2019 -2020 Opera season has recently been announced for the Bolshoi and here are just a few of the highlights

2019-2020 Highlights

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Performances commence at 19.00h or matinees at 15.00h (m) unless otherwise stated. All performances will take place at the Bolshoi Theatre Main Stage unless otherwise stated.

Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin is a radiant example of Russian Lyric Opera. A deeply moving tale packed with big tunes, dances and a heart-stopping duel. As with his ballets, Tchaikovsky brings many symphonic elements to the music, plush orchestrations and highly melodic arias. Famed Tugan Sokhiev conducts this production.

Dates: 17, 18, 19, Sep 2019.

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Alexander Tchaikovsky is one of the most famous and prolific composers of our time . This opera is based on a story written by Alexander Solzhenitsyn of a political prisoner Ivan Denisovich …the account of a barely literate Russian peasant’s surviving a single day in one of Stalin’s labour camps shocked the reading public with its authenticity.Conducted by Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street

Dates: 17. 21, 22, Sep 2019.

Servilia

Servilia, the name of a main character), is an opera in five acts by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The work was completed in 1901, and was first performed in 1902 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The composer wrote the libretto, which is based on the drama by Lev Alexandrovich Mey; the story is set in Ancient Rome during Nero’s reign World renowned Russian Gennady Rozhdestvensky conducts . Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street

Dates: 17. 4, 5, 6, Oct 2019.

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Il Viaggio A Reims

In Rossini’s opera- en route to celebrate the coronation of French King Charles X, an eccentric group of aristocrats and officials arrange to spend the night at the Golden Lily spa, in the Lorraine region. A true work of genius, Il viaggio a Reims contains a stream of arias and concertante compositions (like the one written for fourteen soloists) with undeniable quality and originality. Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev.

Dates: 9, 10, 11, 12, (12.00h) 13, Oct 2019.

Il Mondo Della Luna

The world wants to be deceived and people are searching for love – for the profit-seeker and amateur astronomer Ecclitico , the nature of the task is therefore clear: the innocent Bonafede must sacrifice his purse and his daughter if he wants to find happiness in the world of paradise on the moon. Haydn wrote  Il mondo della luna  to a libretto after Carlo Goldoni in 1777 for the wedding celebrations of a son of his royal employer Eszterházy . It is a jewel of buffo opera, a stage work which was only rediscovered in the 20th century. Conducted by Vladimir Agronsky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street.

Dates: 17, 18, 18, Oct 2019.

Die Zauberflöte

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte   is his last stage work and is one of the world’s most popular operas to date. Mozart’s contrasting and imaginative music allows the Magic Flute to merge into a clever yet touching magic game that contains many mystical puzzles that inspire the imagination and that are still worth decrypting. This opera  is a fantastical tale that’s as moving as it is witty, and features some of Mozart’s most beautiful pieces. A truly magical opera which will entrance you. Conducted by Vladimir Agronsky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street

Dates: 17, 31, Oct 2019.

Bolshoi Theatre Programme 2019 -2020

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Performances commence at 19.00h or matinees at 15.00h (m) unless otherwise stated. All performances will take place at the Bolshoi Theatre Main Stage unless otherwise stated.

EUGENE ONEGIN by Tchaikovsky. Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev. 17, 18, 19, Sep 2019.

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO by Mozart. Conducted by Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17. 17, 18 Sep 2019.

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH by Tchaikovsky. Conducted by Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17. 21, 22, Sep 2019.

THE TALE OF TSAR SALTAN by Rimsky-Korsakov. Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev. 26, 27, 28, (12.00h & 19.00h) 29, (14.00h) Sep 2019.

DON GIOVANNI by Mozart. Conducted by Lev Ossovsky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17. 26, 27, 28, Sep 2019.

DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR by Mozart. Conducted by Vladimir Agronsky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17. 29, Sep 2019.

SERVILIA by Rimsky-Korsakov. Conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17. 4, 5, 6, Oct 2019.

IOLANTA by Tchaikovsky. Conductor Pavel Sorokin/ Alexander Soloviev. Held at the Bolshoi Theatre New Stage. 5, (at both 12.00h & 19.00h) 6, Oct 2019.

IL VIAGGIO A REIMS by Rossini. Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev. 9, 10, 11, 12, (12.00h) 13, Oct 2019.

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LA PERICHOLE by Offenbach. Conducted by Philipp Chizhevsky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17. 11, 12, 13, (14.00h) Oct 2019.

DON CARLOS by Verdi. Conducted by Robert Trevino/ Giacomo Sagripanti. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 (14.00h) Oct 2019.

IL MONDO DELLA LUNA by Haydn. Conducted by Vladimir Agronsky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17, 18, 18, Oct 2019.

STABAT MATER/ LA VOIX HUMAINE by Pergolesi/ Poulenc. Conducted by Vladimir Agronsky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17. 20 (14.00h) Oct 2019.

THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR by Dashkevich. Conducted by Vladimir Agronsky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17. 22, Oct 2019.

ARIADNE AUF NAXOS by Strauss. Conducted by Alexey Vereshchagin. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17, 29, Oct 2019.

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE By Mozart. Conducted by Vladimir Agronsky. Held at Chamber Stage on Nikolskaya Street 17, 31, Oct 2019.

DIDO & ANEAS by Purcell. Conducted by Christopher Moulds. 5, Dec 2019

SADKO by Rimsky-Korsakov. Conductor TBC. 14, Feb 2010.

MAZEPPA by Tchaikovsky. Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev. 8, Mar 2020.

ANNA BOLENA by Donizetti. Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev. 24, May 2020.

DON GIOVANI by Mozart. Conducted by Tugan Sokhiev. 17, Jun 2020.

Venues reserve the right to change their programme without any notice.

Showcase Opera and Events cannot be responsible for any amendments or cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.

Please reconfirm the time of performance when booking and on arrival at destination.

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Cathedral of St of Christ the Saviour, Moscow. Photo by Alvesgaspar

 

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