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Spring Opera Gala
Sunday 5th March, at 3pm
Voyager Concert Hall, Mountsteven Ave., Walton, PE4 6HX
Tickets: Full £12.50, Concession £10.50, Accompanied schoolchildren FREE
GLAMOUR AND PASSION.
What could be more glamorous than a night at the opera? Well, perhaps an afternoon at the opera in the company of the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra (CPSO) and Peterborough Opera (Director Kate Wishart) under the baton of Steve Bingham! One of the most exciting collaborations in Peterborough’s music scene is set to offer a wonderful concert of operatic favourites accompanied by full orchestra - a first for Peterborough.
An Opera Gala can only scratch the surface of the wonderful world of opera, but this concert certainly travels!
Starting with the grandeur of Wagner’s Mastersingers, an opera about the strength and solidity of renaissance German society, we move on to perhaps the most famous opera of all, Carmen, a story of forbidden love, passion and obsession set in Spain round Seville.
Then let’s move to Italy for excerpts from a comedy of manners, with glorious music delightfully pointing up a hilarious and absurd story highlighting human frailty exposed by worldly wisdom. And then to perhaps the greatest of operatic composers, Verdi, the Italian composer of famous songs known by so many people who don’t always know where they came from.
Even this selection travels! First we go to Egypt and the opera Aida, represented by the famous Grand March. Then back to Italy, with a complex voice ensemble covering three simultaneous conversations about misguided love, planned revenge and downright skulduggery - it must be heard to be believed!. Lastly, we return to Spain for the famous anvil’s chorus, a lighter interval in a story of mistaken identity and grim retribution.
Opera has it all, and we are delighted to showcase for you some of the very best of it. Don’t miss it!