Opera Group

The  Opera Group explores  the full operatic repertoire by watching a full opera each month on  DVD; we have seen over 170 operas of which some 30 are repeats, albeit never the same production, ranging from Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo’ to Phillip Glass’s ‘Satyagraha’ by way of Handel, Mozart, Verdi and Puccini as well as many other composers old and new.

Programme details, including a synopsis, are provided along with Notes on the opera, its composer and reviews etc.

To accommodate numbers wishing to attend the Opera Group, there are three showings.  At the First Showing, starting at 5:30 and finishing at approximately 9:30pm, there is a break in the middle for a finger buffet supper and glass of wine (or two). A contribution of £5 is requested to help cover costs. The other showings are in the afternoon.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we have not had a meeting since March 2020 and it is inevitably difficult to predict when we can resume meetings and our exploration of the operatic repertoire. Assuming we can start again in September 2020, the programme for the Faringdon U3A Opera Group for 2020-2021 season is below. However, this will be adjusted on what seems sensible with regard to safety from the virus.

The first showing is on the second Monday of the month and dates for the second and third showings will be arranged to suit members of the groups.

14 SeptemberProkofiev : War and PeaceKirov Opera, Mariinsky Theatre
12 October(R) Puccini : Madame ButterflyOpera Australia
9 November(R) Mozart : La Clemenza di TitoParis Opera
14 DecemberGilbert & Sullivan : RuddigoreStudio Film
11 January(R) Johannes Strauss : Die FledermausGlyndbourne Opera
8 FebruaryTchaikovsky: Iolanta       Bolshoi Opera
8 MarchVerdi : I due FoscariLa Scala, Milan
12 AprilBerlioz : Benvenuto CelliniEnglish National Opera
10 May(R)* Purcell : The Fairy QueenGlyndebourne Opera
14 June(R) Donizetti : Lucia di LammermoorRoyal Opera House
12 JulyWagner: Tristan & IsoldeMetroplitan Opera, New York

All are very welcome. If you wish to attend, please contact either Anthony or Bobbie or Linda as appropriate.

For more information contact the Group Leader

Anthony Burdall, 2 Fernham Road, Faringdon, Oxon SN7 7JY  

Tel: 01367 240713   Mob: 07841352938   Email: anthony.burdall@burdall.net