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January 2020

  Join us for this illustrated talk by Joseph Brand, covering the second half of this year's season. Lasting around 2 hours, the talk will be accompanied by recorded musical extracts and will give background information on the creators, performers and production associated with each opera. Joseph Brand's sixty-plus years of opera-going covers some 2000 performances and he has written, reviewed and lectured widely on the subject of opera.  His enthusiasm has taken him to performances throughout the UK and…

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King’s Singers

January 28th 7:00 pm

  Following the success of our collaboration in October 2019, AC Academy will once again be teaming up with the world’s most famous vocal ensemble, the King’s Singers. Our Worcestershire AC Academy choirs look forward to joining the ensemble at Malvern Theatres as they perform repertoire from their recent recordings in addition to our newly commissioned vocal symphony Suitcase Full of Songs which was premiered with the group in 2019. Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, the group…

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February 2020

  The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/20 THE GERSHWINS' The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess returns to the Met for the first time since 1990, in a new co-production with English National Opera and Dutch National Opera, hailed as a triumph at its premiere in London earlier this year. An Introduction to The MET with Joseph Brand, Fri 24th January '20 2pm-4pm. For more information, click HERE.

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Madama Butterfly

February 2nd 7:00 pm

  Senbla by arrangement with Opera International presents An Ellen Kent Production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra Puccini MADAMA BUTTERFLY Welcoming back the fabulous Korean soprano Elena Dee and the celebrated international soprano Alyona Kistenyova*. Back by overwhelming public demand, this award-winning Opera returns in a new production with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells…

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  Armonico Consort & Baroque Orchestra Directed by Christopher Monks with Elin Manahan Thomas (Soprano)  It could be argued that J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor should have been titled ‘Bach’s Greatest Hits’, for that is what Bach himself aimed to achieve with this masterpiece. Composed over the final 25 years of his life and completed just one year before he died, the Mass is scattered with music and references that Bach considered to be his best work, or movements…

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  The date of this concert has been brought forward by one week to Sunday 9th February. The Gesualdo Six will be performing at Great Malvern Priory at 3pm on that date and not on the original date of 16th February which has been hitherto advertised. The date given on this website is correct and tickets for this attractive programme will be on sale to the general public from 1 October. Full programme details are:   The Gesualdo Six Owain…

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La Bohème

February 23rd 7:00 pm

  Senbla by arrangement with Opera International presents An Ellen Kent Production with international soloists, highly praised chorus and full orchestra Puccini LA BOHÈME Starring Elena Dee the Korean soprano in her iconic role as Mimi and the celebrated international soprano Alyona Kistenyova. Directed by Ellen Kent, this brand new production is traditionally staged and features beautiful sets and costumes. La Bohème is one of the most romantic operas ever written. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive…

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MET: Agrippina (Handel)

February 29th 5:55 pm

  The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/20 GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL In the Met’s first-ever performances of Agrippina, Handel’s satire of sex and power politics, Sir David McVicar reconceives a production evoking a scandalous world in which the Roman Empire never fell but simply kept going right up to the present. Joyce DiDonato stars as the powerhungry empress. An Introduction to The MET with Joseph Brand, Fri 24th January '20 2pm-4pm. For more information, click HERE.

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March 2020

  Without doubt one of the most distinctive artists of his generation Stephen Hough returns to Malvern Theatres six years after his memorable 2014 recital here. The programme, which Hough says 'explores pieces which have death as part of their identity or inspiration' includes two of Liszt's Mephisto Waltzes as well as Chopin's famous 'Funeral March' sonata. Stephen will also give one of the first UK performances of his own fourth piano sonata. Subtitled 'Vida Breve', this work is the pianist-composer's response to what he…

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  The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2019/20 RICHARD WAGNER For the first time at the Met, Sir Bryn Terfel sings the role of the mysterious Dutchman, condemned to roam the seas for eternity, with Anja Kampe as the devoted Senta, whose love can set him free. An Introduction to The MET with Joseph Brand, Fri 24th January '20 2pm-4pm. For more information, click HERE.

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