The main feature of At the Opera this year is the series of operas on the second Wednesday of the month to celebrate the wonderful music of Gioachino Rossini who died 150 years ago.
On the first and third Wednesdays, the operas will fall into two categories. The plan for the third Wednesday is to offer some wellknown operas for your continuing enjoyment: operas by Purcell, Berlioz, Massenet, Mozart, Handel, Britten and Vivaldi. However, on the first Wednesday of the month, we’ll tantalise you with the lesser known operas of Samuel Arnold, Janácek, Peri, Granados, Cavalli, Mercadante, Boismortier, Cesti, Schreker, Salieri, Hasse and Tchaikovsky.
Interspersed with these well-known and lesser known operas will be some to recognise special events such as the premieres of Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas (1868), Puccini’s Il trittico (1918), Bartók’s Duke Bluebeard’s castle (1918) and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (1868).
Pelléas et Mélisande will be broadcast in March as part of special programming to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy in 1918. As part of the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Gounod, we will present Faust and Roméo et Juliette in June. Most importantly, the recording of Faust which you will hear was specifically purchased recently for our library by a member of our Committee to ensure that we would be able to bring this opera to you. After unsuccessfully searching London record stores, he found it at La Scala, Milan.
Another opera of note will be the first known opera by a woman, La liberazione di Ruggiero by Francesca Caccini, daughter of the renowned Renaissance composer, Giulio Caccini. We’ll be honouring International Women’s Day with a broadcast of this opera in March.
Please join us At the Opera every Wednesday at 8pm for a smorgasbord of opera which will keep you thoroughly entertained - The Programming Committee
This article appeared in the January issue of Fine Music Magazine. Read the full magazine online here.