Monday, 18 December 2017

Live opera is on your doorstep

Live opera is on your doorstep

Last week, music reviewer TREVOR HOWELL looked at the choral, orchestral and chamber music concerts taking place in the run-up to Christmas. This week he turns his attention to opera

WHILE there is now live streaming of opera in local cinemas, the real thing is also available on Henley’s doorstep, whether staged by Garsington in the summer or by smaller-scale “travelling” opera companies in private houses or at the Kenton Theatre.

On Friday, November 18, at 7.30pm at the Hexagon we can look forward to a fully-staged Ellen Kent production of Puccini’s La Bohème by Reading Opera & Ballet International, featuring soloists, chorus and full orchestra. Starring roles are taken by international French soprano Olga Perrier and the critically-acclaimed soprano, Ecaterina Danu.

Acclaimed as of the most romantic operas ever written, La Bohème tells the story of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer.

To book, call the box office on 0118 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com

Closer to home, Opera Prelude is staging “Gloriana” — a “celebration recital” to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, at Fawley on Friday, December 2, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Billed as a short recital of glorious operatic gems in
celebration of the monarchy, this event features the
talents of Callie Swarbrick (soprano), Adriana Festeu (mezzo), Aidan Coburn (tenor), and Natalie Burch (piano).

Tickets are £30. For full details, including directions to the venue, which are provided on booking, visit www.operaprelude.com

Gloriana is being staged at the Cadogan Hall in London on Tuesday, December 6, also from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The group’s next Fawley lecture-recital takes place on Friday, January 27. “Send in the clowns” is a journey through the ever-elusive art of auditioning. Baritone Ricardo Panela will be joined by Kaoru Wada on piano.

Tickets are priced £20 and can be booked in advance at www.operaprelude.com

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