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March 2024

  Tom Poster piano Elena Urioste violin   PROGRAMME: Mendelssohn Violin Sonata in F (1838) Mélanie Bonis Violin Sonata in F sharp minor, Op.112 Amy Beach Romance, Op.23 Grieg Violin Sonata No.1 in F, Op.8 Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. He has been described as ‘a marvel, can play anything in any style’ (The Herald), and as having ‘a beautiful tone that you can sink into like a pile of…

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  MET Opera Live in HD 23-24 Charles Gounod Live Broadcast Two singers at the height of their powers—soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s Shakespeare adaptation, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct one of the repertoire’s most romantic scores. Bartlett Sher’s staging also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as…

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  The Royal Opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY When the young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, marries American Naval Officer Pinkerton, she believes she is entering a real, binding marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she learns all too late that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion – with tragic 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…

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April 2024

  Judith van Driel violin Marleen Wester violin Marie-Louise de Jong viola David Faber cello PROGRAMME: Mozart String Quartet No.23 in F, K.590 Joey Roukens What Remains Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.3 in E flat minor Op.30 The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is forging a reputation as one of the most creative and versatile quartets of its generation. With its ethos of ‘sharing the heart of music’, the Quartet believes that chamber music is an act of friendship to be shared directly with audiences and…

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  Armonico Consort Director Christopher Monks MOZART: GREAT MASS IN C MINOR BACH: MAGNIFICAT IN D BWV243 Following their acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Autumn 2022, Armonico Consort return to Malvern with Mozart’s other large-scale sacred music masterpiece: The Great Mass in C Minor. Written in 1784 Mozart had, at the time, immersed himself in the music of Bach and Handel and the work’s big choruses and grand, ‘operatic’ solos reflect their influence. Also on the programme is Bach’s…

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Bizet – Carmen

April 14th 7:00 pm

Senbla presents Opera International's award-winning Ellen Kent production featuring the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra. Starring Ukrainian mezzo-soprano’s Natalia Matveeva and Irina Sproglis.* An evening of passion, sexual jealousy, death and unforgettable arias. This dazzling production with orchestra features Bizet’s unforgettable melodies including ‘The Toreador’s Song’, Carmen’s enticing ‘Habanera’, and Don José’s lyrical ‘Flower Song’ in a setting evoking the stunning architecture of Seville and its main square with Roman and…

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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 3 hours 10 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…

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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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