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October 2017

MET Norma

October 7th 5:55 pm

  Norma (Vincenzo Bellini) – New Production “Ponselle, Milanov, Sutherland, Callas … after last night, Radvanovsky can add her name to the list,” declared the Huffington Post when Sondra Radvanovsky made her Met role debut as Norma in 2013. The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, starring Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her archrival, Adalgisa—a casting coup for bel canto fans. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful husband, and Carlo Rizzi…

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English Symphony Orchestra Kenneth Woods- Artistic Director Raphael Wallfisch- cello Haydn- Symphony no. 45 in F-sharp minor “Farewell” Schumann- Cello Concerto in A minor Mozart- Symphony no. 41 in C major “Jupiter” The ESO launch their new series of concerts in Malvern Priory by saying goodbye with a performance of Haydn’s enigmatic Farewell symphony. Renowned cello virtuoso Raphael Wallfisch joins the ESO for a performance of Schumann’s beloved Cello Concerto and the concert concludes with Mozart’s final symphony, a work…

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MET Die Zauberflöte

October 14th 5:55 pm

  Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducts the full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable, seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism. Conductor: James Levine Cast: Golda Schultz (Pamina), Kathryn Lewek (Queen of the Night), Charles Castronovo (Tamino), Markus Werba (Papageno), Christian Van Horn (Sprecher), Sarastro (René Pape)   Approx running time: 3hrs 29 mins     Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.

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  115th Season 2017-18..   Doric String Quartet Alex Redington violin Jonathan Stone violin Hélène Clément viola John Myerscough cello   Thomas Adès The Four Quarters, Op.28 (2010) Haydn String Quartet in A, Op.20, No.6 Mendelssohn String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80   The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust…

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Aldwyn Voices

October 29th 3:30 pm

  ALDWYN VOICES   MUSIC INSPIRED BY POETRY   Adrian Lucas - Conductor Fenella Humphreys - Violin Nicola Eimer - Piano   'The Lark Ascending' - Ralph Vaughan Williams (Original version for Violin & Piano 1919) Choral works include: Dance clarion air - Tippett Love bade me welcome - John Tavener O wild west wind - Elgar White flowering days - Finzi The evening primrose - Britten The Flower-Roth   Sponsored by Malvern Town Council & Malvern Civic Society  …

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November 2017

English Symphony Orchestra with Zoe Beyers (Soloist/Director) Mozart: Divertimento in D K.136 (15') Schubert: Rondo in A for violin and strings D.438 (15') Kreisler: Liebesfreud, Liebesleid and Schön Rosmarin (10') Elgar: Serenade for Strings (15') Britten: Simple Symphony (20') Newly-appointed ESO Leader Zoë Beyers, one of the UK’s finest and most admired violinists, features as director and soloist in a programme of evergreen string orchestra favourites and show stopping virtuoso works for violin and strings. Elgar’s Serenade and Britten’s Simple Symphony stand out for…

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  Russian State Ballet and Opera House Presents  Romeo & Juliet – ‘Thus with a kiss I die’ Music by S. Prokofiev  Featuring live Orchestra with over 30 musicians  ‘By far the best company to bring Russian ballet to British audiences’ Stage Talk Magazine Join us for an unforgettable journey as Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back for their annual UK tour with Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet is the world’s best known love story. William Shakespeare’s…

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The Magic Flute

November 11th 7:30 pm

  Following their hugely popular and critically acclaimed production of Carmen last February, Olivier award winning OperaUpClose return with their bold new take on Mozart’s classic. Invited behind the velvet rope at London’s most exclusive club, Tamino doesn’t have time to stop for beggars, paparazzi, or even his girlfriend Pamina.  Going to bed after a blazing row later that night, this ordinary couple relive the events and encounters of the evening in dreams made extraordinary by the lateness of the…

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  Butterworth A Shropshire Lad R Strauss Four Last Songs Elgar/Payne Symphony No 3   Michael Lloyd conductor Alison Roddy soprano   An air of nostalgia pervades this programme: Butterworth’s lovely Rhapsody with its tangible sense of yearning for an England gone by; the emotional depths of Strauss’s heart-achingly beautiful Four Last Songs; and the old-order resistance to changing world events in Elgar’s writing, so illuminatingly brought to life by Anthony Payne in 1997. We are joined by international opera…

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  The Exterminating Angel (Thomas Adès) – MET Premiere Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom…

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