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September 2018

National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company Ruddigore Accompanied by a full Orchestra Don’t miss this classic melodrama performed by the G&S Opera Company. Sir Despard Murgatroyd has inherited a witch’s curse forcing him to commit a crime a day or die in agony, but his shy, unassuming elder brother Robin, believed to be dead, is discovered to be alive and living nearby. Robin must now step into his rightful place and assume the title of the Bad Baronet of Ruddigore…

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October 2018

MET Broadcast: Aida

October 6th 5:55 pm

  AIDA (VERDI) Conductor: Nicola Luisotti Cast: Aida (Anna Netrebko), Amneris (Anita Rachvelishvili), Radamés (Aleksandrs Antonenko), Amonasro (Quinn Kelsey), The King (Ryan Speedo Green). Superstar soprano Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as Aida in this thirtieth-anniversary revival of Sonja Frisell’s production. Verdi’s drama is set in Ancient Egypt, where the Ethiopian Aida lives a life of slavery. She and the Egyptian warrior Radamès, sung by tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, have fallen in love, although the princess Amneris—mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili—is an implacable rival for…

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  The Russian State Opera Presents Carmen – the most powerful, enjoyable and tuneful opera. Music by Georges Bizet. Sung in French with English Surtitles  “Always top-quality productions from this producer”. Stage Talk Magazine  Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a live Orchestra numbering over 30 musicians  After its success at Malvern with Tosca last year, Russian State Opera returns to delight you with the powerful and dramatic production of Carmen - feel the thrill of fiery passion, jealousy and violence of 19th century Seville Bizet’s most popular opera. Carmen tells the story…

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  Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saëns) NEW PRODUCTION Conductor: Sir Mark Elder Cast: Samson (Roberto Alagna), Dalila (Elīna Garanča), High Priest (Laurent Naouri), Abimélech (Elchin Azizov), The Old Hebrew (Dmitry Belosselskiy) Tony Award–winning director Darko Tresnjak gives Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic its first new Met production in twenty years. Blessed with immense physical strength, Hebrew leader Samson is sworn to defend his people and his faith from the Philistines. Though his body is strong, his heart is tender, though. When the Philistine Dalila sets…

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  Danny Driver, piano J S Bach  Prelude & Fugue in F sharp minor, BWV 883  (from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2) J S Bach  Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825 J S Bach  French Suite No.5 in G major, BWV 816 Rachmaninov  Étude Tableau Op.39, No.2 in A minor Ravel  Le Tombeau de Couperin Medtner  Sonata No.9 in A minor, Op.30 Danny Driver first played at Malvern Concert Club in January 2016 and quickly became a firm…

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  La Fanciulla del West (Puccini) Conductor: Marco Armiliato Cast: Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), Dick Johnson (Jonas Kaufmann), Nick (Carlo Bosi), Jack Rance (Željko Lučić), Sonora (Michael Todd Simpson), Ashby (Matthew Rose), Jake Wallas (Oren Gradus) Puccini’s gunpowder western returns to the stage where it premiered under Arturo Toscanini. Gold Rush, 1849. Bar owner Minnie looks after a crew of rough miners while fending off the unwanted attentions of the local sheriff. When a tall, mysterious stranger walks into the bar,…

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November 2018

  Alexander Vedernikov – Conductor Paul Watkins – Cello Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus: Overture 5' Dvořák Cello Concerto 42' Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 1 Guest conductor Alexander Vedernikov storms the heavens with Ludwig van Beethoven, and joins cellist Paul Watkins in the most romantic of all cello concertos: 40 minutes of heartfelt poetry and soaring emotion.   Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.

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MET Broadcast: Marnie

November 10th 5:55 pm

  Marnie (Muhly/Wright) MET PREMIERE PRODUCTION Conductor: Robert Spano Cast: Marnie (Isabel Leonard), Mrs. Rutland (Janis Kelly), Marnie's Mother (Denyce Graves), Terry Rutland (Iestyn Davies), Mark Rutland (Christopher Maltman) A young woman lies, cheats, and steals her way through life, propelled by compulsions she can neither control nor understand. A wealthy man catches her red-handed and blackmails her into marrying him. Will the truth about her past send her to jail or set her free?  Based on the novel that…

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  Michael Lloyd  Conductor David Cohen   Cello Parry Elegy for Brahms Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor (soloist: David Cohen) Bruckner Symphony no 9 The music for this concert, as the regular concert date closest to the 40th Anniversary of the then Chandos Sinfonia, has been chosen after much thought as to how best celebrate this milestone.  Opening with the emotional Elegy for Brahms, the evening continues with Elgar's wonderful Cello Concerto. By turns soulful, passionate, spirited and wistful, this work is arguably the…

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    ARMISTICE CENTENARY CONCERT James Gilchrist, tenor Philip Dukes, viola Anna Tilbrook, piano ‘Faith, Fate and the Futility of War’ Purcell arr. Britten  Evening Hymn (1947) Purcell arr. Britten  Lord, What is Man? (1947) Rebecca Clarke  Come, Oh Come, my life's delight (1912) Rebecca Clarke  Passacaglia for Viola and Piano (1941) Rebecca Clarke  Weep no more sad fountains (1912) Britten  Lachrymae (1950) David Bednall  The Mower (2017) Elgar arr. Tertis for viola and piano  Cello Concerto, Slow movement (1920)…

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