Bel Canto and Beyond...
Julie Lake is presenting another season of Bel Canto and Beyond at the Zamia Theatre.
Julie is showing an opera on the third Wednesday of May, June, July, and August. If the course proves popular she will consider showing a further two operas in September and October.
The next date 17 July and then 21 August, so opera lovers should put these in their diaries. Julie will send out reminders at the beginning of each month to those on her list of U3A opera enthusiasts, along with a program.
The 2019 season has already featured Verdi's La Traviata in May; and in June, Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio.
The July offering is Puccini's Madama Butterfly (17 July) and in August, Donizetti's The Elixir of Love (21 August). Each program will feature a short talk on the opera, its composer and the particular production, followed by a video from Julie's extensive collection.
The program will start at 11am and finish about 3pm with a break at an appropriate time, so do bring
lunch if you wish. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided a usual.
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Our next show will be MADAMA BUTTERFLY
An opera in three acts by GIACOMO PUCCINI
This will be presented at the Zamia Theatre this Wednesday, July 17, starting at 11am.
It is one of the world's most loved operas featuring an aria you'll all know and love: One Fine Day.
A story of East meets West with tragic consequences. In fact, it's a real tear-jerker so bring your tissues!
I am showing a filmed version, directed by French politician, actor and director Frederic Mitterand (nephew of Francois), with a young Chinese soprano singing Butterfly and a young American singing Pinkerton - so it looks and feels very authentic: no 45-year-old big-breasted sopranos with oriental eye make-up or tubby tenors!
There will be a 30-minute lunch interval after Act 11 and the program should finish about 1.30pm - not a long program this time.
Do hope to see you there!