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April 2024

MET: La Rondine

April 20th 5:55 pm

  MET Opera Live in HD 23-24 Giacomo Puccini Live Broadcast Puccini’s bittersweet love story makes a rare Met appearance, with soprano Angel Blue starring as the sophisticated French courtesan Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his company debut as Ruggero, an idealistic young man who offers her an alternative to her life of excess. Maestro Speranza Scappucci conducts Nicolas Joël’s Art Deco–inspired staging, which transports audiences from the heart of Parisian nightlife to a dreamy vision of the French…

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  Paul Potts, the Welsh-residing tenor, is living his dream. Bullied and taunted at school, singing in the local church choir proved to be a sanctuary for Paul. Listening to La Boheme at aged 16, Paul fell in love with opera, a romance that was to set him on a turbulent journey that would eventually lead him to win the first series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007. Truly a life-changing event, Paul released his multi-Platinum debut album ‘One Chance’…

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May 2024

  The Royal Opera CARMEN Damiano Michieletto's sizzling new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet's score, which features Carmen’s sultry Habanera and the rousing Toreador song. Antonello Manacorda conducts an exciting international cast, with Aigul Akhmetshina performing the title role. New production Live Broadcast Running time 220 minutes (including one interval) Sung in French with English subtitles Music Georges Bizet Conductor Antonello Manacorda Director Damiano Michieletto Set Designer Paolo Fantin Costume Designer Carla Teti Lighting Designer Alessandro…

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  MET Opera Live in HD 23-24 Giacomo Puccini Live Broadcast In her Met debut, Asmik Grigorian tackles the demanding role of Cio-Cio-San, the trusting geisha at the heart of Puccini’s tragedy. Tenor Jonathan Tetelman is the callous American naval officer Pinkerton whose betrayal destroys her. Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong is the steadfast maid Suzuki, and baritone Lucas Meachem is the American consul Sharpless. Acclaimed maestro Xian Zhang makes her Met debut conducting Anthony Minghella’s vivid production. Italian with English Surtites Approx…

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June 2024

  Brodsky Quartet Krysia Osostowicz violin Ian Belton violin Paul Cassidy viola Jacqueline Thomas cello   Dmitri Shostakovich Complete String Quartet Cycle Malvern Concert Club is proud and delighted in equal measure to have been invited by the Brodsky Quartet to host this Shostakovich cycle in Malvern in June 2024. Friday 7 June 7.30 pm: Quartets 1, 2 & 3 (Introductory note to Quartets 1-3 by Paul Cassidy) The intimacy of bringing a child into the world inspired Shostakovich to…

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    Brodsky Quartet Krysia Osostowicz violin Ian Belton violin Paul Cassidy viola Jacqueline Thomas cello   Dmitri Shostakovich Complete String Quartet Cycle Malvern Concert Club is proud and delighted in equal measure to have been invited by the Brodsky Quartet to host this Shostakovich cycle in Malvern in June 2024. Saturday 8 June 3.00pm: Quartets 6, 4 & 5 (Introductory note to Quartets 4-6 by Paul Cassidy) The sixth quartet finds the composer in a very settled mood. Supposedly written as a little…

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    Brodsky Quartet Krysia Osostowicz violin Ian Belton violin Paul Cassidy viola Jacqueline Thomas cello   Dmitri Shostakovich Complete String Quartet Cycle Malvern Concert Club is proud and delighted in equal measure to have been invited by the Brodsky Quartet to host this Shostakovich cycle in Malvern in June 2024. Saturday 8 June 7.30pm: Quartets 7, 8 & 9 (Introductory note to Quartets 7-9 by Paul Cassidy) And so we arrive at the heart of the Cycle, a staging post, if you like,…

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    Brodsky Quartet Krysia Osostowicz violin Ian Belton violin Paul Cassidy viola Jacqueline Thomas cello   Dmitri Shostakovich Complete String Quartet Cycle Malvern Concert Club is proud and delighted in equal measure to have been invited by the Brodsky Quartet to host this Shostakovich cycle in Malvern in June 2024. Sunday 9 June 11.30am: Quartets 11, 12, 13 & 14 (Introductory note to Quartets 11-14 by Paul Cassidy) The untimely death of Vasili Shirinsky, the 2nd violin of the Beethoven Quartet, led Shostakovich…

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    Brodsky Quartet Krysia Osostowicz violin Ian Belton violin Paul Cassidy viola Jacqueline Thomas cello   Dmitri Shostakovich Complete String Quartet Cycle Malvern Concert Club is proud and delighted in equal measure to have been invited by the Brodsky Quartet to host this Shostakovich cycle in Malvern in June 2024. Sunday 9 June 3.00pm: Quartets 10 & 15 (Introductory note to Quartets 10 & 15 by Paul Cassidy) Perhaps it’s because of where it lies in the cycle, between Nina, Dmitri and Irina…

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  For 15 years, Armonico Consort has been in demand by festivals in the UK and Europe to perform its inimitable version of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. The singers and actors of the company now turn their attention to Purcell’s greatest semiopera in a brand new semi-staged version with a specially adapted script from Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ create for the first time a modern-day retelling of both of these incredible works in one joyous evening! Armonico Consort will conjure…

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