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March 2019

  Die Walküre (Wagner) Conductor: Philippe Jordan Cast: Brünnhilde (Christine Goerke), Sieglinde (Eva-Maria Westbroek), Siegmund (Stuart Skelton), Fricka (Jamie Barton), Wotan (Greer Grimsley), Hunding (Günther Groissböck) Featuring some of the most glorious music ever written—including, of course, the Ride of the Valkyries—Die Walküre is the second of the four operas that comprise Wagner’s Ring cycle, a story of monsters, gods, and humans on a superhuman scale. When twins Siegmund and Sieglinde find each other at last, Siegmund promises to release…

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April 2019

  'A Guardian Angel' is an exciting and innovative collaboration with Rachel Podger, “the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin” (The Times) and world-renowned vocal ensemble VOCES8. Rachel Podger enjoys worldwide fame as a baroque violinist and was recently named as the 2018 Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year. This concert is an exciting collaboration between Rachel and the choir VOCES8. Founded in 2003 by ex-choristers of Westminster Abbey, VOCES8 has established itself at the forefront of international choral music,…

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May 2019

  ELGAR CHAMBER MUSIC CENTENARY CONCERT Brodsky Quartet Daniel Rowland, violin leader and soloist Ian Belton, violin Paul Cassidy, viola Jacqueline Thomas, cello Martin Roscoe, piano Elgar  String Quartet in E minor, Op.83 Elgar  Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.82 Elgar   Piano Quintet in A minor, Op.84 This very special concert celebrates the centenary of the first performances of the three major chamber works by Sir Edward Elgar, Founder of Malvern Concert Club, all written in 1918. The Quartet and…

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  Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc) Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Cast: Blanche de la Force (Isabel Leonard), Mme. Lidoine (Adrianne Pieczonka), Constance (Erin Morley), Mère Marie (Karen Cargill), First Prioress (Karita Mattila), Chevalier de la Force (David Portillo), Marquis de la Force (Dwayne Croft) Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Poulenc’s masterpiece. As the French Revolution begins, shy Blanche, sung by mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, becomes a novice nun under an elderly prioress—Met legend Karita Mattila. Blanche’s aristocratic family flees the Terror, but she remains behind, struggling between her…

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  Armonico Consort perform some of the most beautiful arias and duets from Handel and other baroque masters. These wonderful works will be paired with letters, poetry and tales of love to create an entrancing evening of musical delight.  The reader for the evening will be Oz Clarke. Programme to include: HANDEL – Ombra Mai Fu (Largo – Xerxes) VIVALDI – Nulla in Mundo Pax HANDEL – Caro, Bella più amabile beltà (Giulio Cesare) PURCELL – Dido’s Lament MONTEVERDI – Pur…

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July 2019

  Armonico Consort & AC Academy Singers In a legendary time of heroes and warriors, prince Beowulf battles demons and magical beasts. The oldest surviving poem in Old English, Beowulf is a fantasy saga which has inspired countless retellings of the myth, including Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Having formerly worked with the likes of Duran Duran and The Rolling Stones, Armonico Consort’s composer-in-residence Toby Young (former BBC Proms Young Composer of the Year) has set this touching epic drama…

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September 2019

The Pirates of Penzance

September 3rd - September 4th

  National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company The Pirates of Penzance Accompanied by a full Orchestra The Pirates of Penzance is one of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations full of memorable melodies you will be humming all the way home. Jam-packed with sentimental, swashbuckling pirates who are really peers of the realm, a completely dotty Major General and a bumbling bunch of hopeless but hilarious policemen, what could possibly go wrong? Frederic, a pirate’s…

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The Yeomen of the Guard

September 4th 7:30 pm

  National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company The Yeomen of the Guard Accompanied by a full Orchestra The Yeomen of the Guard is set in the Tower of London. Colonel Fairfax, a gentleman, soldier and scientist is wrongly accused of sorcery, imprisoned in the Tower and sentenced to be beheaded within the hour. To avoid leaving his estate to his accuser he secretly marries strolling gypsy, Elsie Maynard. Jester Jack Point is also in love with Elsie but agrees to…

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The Gondoliers

September 5th - September 6th

  National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company The Gondoliers Accompanied by a full Orchestra The National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company returns with a sparkling new production of The Gondoliers. This is a visually stunning show with toe-tapping tunes and glorious, lively dances and has proved to be one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring successes. Marco and Guiseppe, the handsome Palmieri brothers, lead a charmed life as gondoliers in sunny Venice. They can take their pick of the pretty…

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The Mikado

September 7th

  National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company The Mikado Accompanied by a full Orchestra Set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, The Mikado satirises British society, customs and pretensions through a farcical Gilbertian plot brimming with humour. In the topsy turvy world of The Mikado, flirting is punishable by death and Nanki-Poo (the son of The Mikado disguised as a wandering minstrel) attempts to escape from the formidable Katisha and into the arms of his love, Yum-Yum. Meanwhile Ko-Ko,…

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