Opera Group

Over the past 12 years, the Opera Group has explored the full operatic repertoire by watching a full opera each month on DVD; we have seen over 130 operas of which some 25 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, with a fourth arranged when required. 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 £6 is requested to help cover costs. The other showings are in the afternoon.

The programme for the Faringdon U3A Opera Group for 2017 – 2018 season is below.

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.

Date Opera Production
11 September (R) Mascagni : Cavalleria Rusticana
(R) Leoncavallo : Pagliacci
Royal Opera House
9 October Handel : Saul Glyndebourne Opera
3 November Giordino : Andrea Cheneir Royal Opera House
11 December Gilbert & Sullivan : HMS Pinafore  & Trial by Jury Opera Australia
8 January (R) Verdi: Rigoletto BBC Live film, Mantua
12 February (R) Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail Glyndebourne Opera
12 March Bizet : Les Pecheurs de Perles Teatro La Fenice, Venice
9 April Donezetti : Marie Strada Metroplitan Opera, New York
14 May (R) Puccini : Turandot Royal Opera House
11 June Ambroise Thomas : Hamlet Metroplitan Opera, New York
9 July (R)* Gershwin : Porgy & Bess Glyndebourne Opera

To accommodate numbers wishing to attend the Opera Group there will be three showings; if required, there will be a fourth showing. If any one showing is full, members will be asked to transfer to another showing. The showings are:

  1. The initial meeting will be held at the home of Anthony Burdall (2 Fernham Road, Faringdon Tel: 240713). Start at 5:30pm finishing at approximately 9:30pm.
  2. The second will be at the home of Bobbie Stewart (14 The Pines, Faringdon, Tel: 01367 241295).
  3. The third will be at the home of Linda Leggett (37 The Pines, Faringdon Tel: 01367 241430) typically starting at 2:30pm finishing at approximately 5:30pm.

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