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September 2022

One of the most enduringly popular of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations, The Pirates of Penzance is full of memorable melodies. 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? Malvern Theatres is delighted to welcome back the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company after an absence of three years, with two G&S favourites, The Pirates of…

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  Life in the fairy kingdom has been pretty miserable since Iolanthe was banished for marrying a mortal, forbidden by fairy law, but things start to look up when the Fairy Queen pardons her.  Iolanthe's son Strephon, a shepherd, was born half fairy and half mortal and is madly in love with Phyllis, a Ward of Chancery.  But Phyliss has a dilemma.  She is so beautiful that all members of the House of Lords and her guardian, Lord Chancellor, want…

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  HMS Pinafore is one of the greatest successes of the G&S partnership, and in Opera della Luna’s hands it becomes a fast-moving, totally delightful, and hilarious re-creation of the original hit. Gorgeous costumes, a chamber orchestra, and an ingenious and imaginative production make this a production not to be missed. Malvern Theatres is delighted to welcome Opera Della Luna for these performances of HMS Pinafore, which is part of a short G&S Festival which also includes productions by the National…

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Glyndebourne: LA BOHÈME

September 11th 3:00 pm

  Broadcast - Pre-recorded In La bohème Puccini elevates ordinary people to the level of the extraordinary, the tragic, the timeless – transformed by a score that has seduced generations of audiences. Fresh from Festival 2022, Glyndebourne’s new five-star production is ‘a masterpiece in monochrome’ (The Arts Desk). With a ‘megawatt Mimì’, director Floris Visser delivers a ‘fresh take’ on one of the greatest operas of all time (The Times). When seamstress Mimì meets the struggling writer Rodolfo they are instantly drawn…

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  Conductor: Dan Watson Bartók Dance Suite Messiaen L’Ascension; 4 Meditations for Orchestra Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D minor www.chandos.org.uk

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  The Royal Opera   Broadcast Live ‘Love cannot kill: it brings new life.’ On a starlit night in Nagasaki, these are the words spoken by American naval officer Pinkerton to young geisha Cio-Cio-San. But as they both learn, words and promises carelessly spoken can have indelible consequences. With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (‘One fine day’) and the ‘Humming Chorus’, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite…

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Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet have performed over 3,000 concerts on the major stages of the world and have released more than 70 recordings. They took their name from the great Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky. Now celebrating their 50th anniversary, they enjoy a busy international performing schedule, and have extensively toured the major festivals and venues throughout Australasia, North and South America, Asia, South Africa and Europe, as well as in the UK, where the quartet is based.…

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October 2022

  ARMONICO CONSORT & PLAYERS DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MONKS Handel: Coronation Anthems & Music for the Royal Fireworks The Requiem is Mozart’s last major composition. Left unfinished at the end of his life it was famously completed by his pupil Süssmayr. It is amongst the greatest and most enigmatice choral works of all time and has proved an inspiration to successive generations of composers. Such are the differences in their musical styles, it’s hard to believe Handel died just 32 years before…

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  The Royal Ballet Broadcast Live Inspired by dark and gripping real life events, this Royal Ballet classic depicts the sexual and morbid obsessions of Crown Prince Rudolf leading to the murder-suicide scandal with his mistress Mary Vetsera. The oppressive glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court in the 1880s sets the scene for a suspenseful drama of psychological and political intrigue as Rudolf fixates on his mortality. Kenneth MacMillan’s 1978 ballet remains a masterpiece of storytelling and this revival marks 30 years…

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  PRE-SHOW TALK English Touring Opera return to Malvern with a celebration of the work of the greatest composer of opera in the UK, George Friderich Handel. The tale of an emperor and his bride kept apart by court intrigue and the workings of fate, Handel’s rarely-performed Ottone returns in a revival of English Touring Opera’s 2014 production. Featuring radiant Byzantine-inspired designs by takis, and sung in a translation by Andrew Porter, the production was highly praised by audiences and critics alike. ★★★★ "Ottone in…

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