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January 2018

MET Tosca

27th January 2018 5:55 pm

  Tosca (Giacomo Puccini) – New Production Rivaling the splendor of Franco Zeffirelli’s set and costumes of the Napoleonic era, Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Kristine Opolais and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Marcelo Álvarez alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Bryn Terfel, Michael Volle, and George Gagnidze as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Andris Nelsons conducts.…

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February 2018

  Written on enormous sheets of paper which make Tallis’s 40-parts Spem in alium seem rather small by comparison, Biber’s Salzburg Mass is the largest surviving composition of sacred baroque music. The manuscript was first found in the home of a greengrocer in the 1870s in Salzburg and was originally thought to have been composed by Benevoli. In the mid-1970s the musicologist Hintermaier proved that the Missa had been written by Heinrich Biber, most probably in 1682 for the celebrations…

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MET L’Elisir d’Amore

10th February 2018 5:00 pm

  L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti) Pretty Yende debuts a new role at the Met with her first Adina opposite Matthew Polenzani, who enthralled Met audiences as Nemorino in 2013 with his ravishing “Una furtiva lagrima.” Bartlett Sher’s production is charming, with deft comedic timing, but also emotionally revealing. Domingo Hindoyan conducts. Conductor: Domingo Hindoyan Cast: Pretty Yende (Adina), Matthew Polenzani (Nemorino), Davide Luciano (Belcore), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Dulcamara) Approx running time: 2hrs 49mins Ticket price includes 1 £1 contribution to our heritage…

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  English Symphony Orchestra with Chloe Hanslip (Violin) Conducted by Kenneth Woods Mendelssohn- Hebrides Overture Brahms- Violin Concerto Schumann- Symphony no. 3 in E flat (Rhenish) Mendelssohn was Schumann’s greatest advocate and Schumann the many who told the world of Brahms’ genius. Together, these three Romantic masters offer the soundtrack for the ESO’s historic return to Malvern Theatres. "In “the ‘Rhenish’, ESO Conductor Woods holds his own against such wonders as Sawallisch, Celibidache, Giulini and immediately becomes a favourite for…

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    115th Season 2017-18 .. Roderick Williams baritone Iain Burnside piano .. Schubert Winterreise, D.911 .. Malvern Concert Club’s President, Roderick Williams, and Iain Burnside return to Malvern for this second annual recital in their series encompassing all three of Schubert’s major song cycles. Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a cycle of 24 songs based on poems by Wilhelm Müller. As tenor Ian Bostridge has written, ‘the songs are forerunners, in a sense, of all those songs of love and…

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MET La Bohème

24th February 2018 5:30 pm

  La Bohème (Puccini) The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva (left) share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties. Conductor: Marco Armiliato Production: Franco Zeffirelli Cast: Sonya Yoncheva (Mimì), Susanna Phillips (Musetta), Michael Fabiano (Rodolfo), Lucas Meachem (Marcello), Alexey Lavrov (Schaunard), Matthew…

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March 2018

MET Semiramide

10th March 2018 5:55 pm

  Semiramide (Rossini) – First time in HD This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. Conductor: Maurizio Benini Cast: Angela Meade…

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  Prokofiev Symphony no1 in D major ‘Classical’ Schubert Symphony no3 in D major Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major Jennifer Pike - violin David Curtis – conductor Orchestra of the Swan welcomes Jennifer Pike, renowned for her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day, performing Tchaikovsky’s best-known Violin Concerto. Prokofiev's most famous symphony, the ‘Classical’ said by the composer to be the type of symphony Haydn would have written if he'd lived another…

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  English Symphony Orchestra Academia Musica Choir Conducted by Kenneth Woods 14 March, 2018 at 7:30 PM Malvern Priory Sawyers- The Valley of Vision (world premiere) Haydn- Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War) Beethoven- Symphony no. 3 “Eroica” Two of the great musical manifestations of the Napoleonic Wars form the heart of this exciting concert- Haydn’s Mass, performed by the hugely acclaimed ESO and Academia Musica Choir, is a powerful plea for love and peace, while Beethoven’s Eroica is the greatest-ever…

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    115th Season 2017-18 .. Mark Bebbington piano Coull Quartet: Roger Coull violin Philip Gallaway violin Jonathan Barritt viola Nicholas Roberts cello .. Villa-Lobos String Quartet No.5 Ian Venables Piano Quintet, Op.27 Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34 .. Formed in 1974, the Coull Quartet rapidly achieved national recognition, and were appointed Quartet-in-Residence by the University of Warwick in 1977, a post which they still hold today. The Quartet, which includes two of its founder members, has performed…

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