Opera Group

From October 2005, the Opera Group has explored the full operatic repertoire by watching a full opera each month on  DVD; we have seen over 150 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, 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 £5 is requested to help cover costs. The other showings are in the afternoon.

The programme for the Faringdon U3A Opera Group for 2018-2019 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
10 September Rossini : Armida Metroplitan Opera, New York
8 October (R) Verdi: Macbeth Royal Opera House
12 November (R)* Donizetti : La Fille du Regiment Royal Opera House
10 December Gilbert & Sullivan : HMS Pinafore  & Trial by Jury Opera Australia
14 January (R) Rosssini : The Barber of Seville (2016) Glyndebourne Opera
11 February (R) Mozart : Don Giovani Film
11 March Berlioz : The Damnation of Faust English National Opera
8 April Montiverdi : L’incoronazione di Poppea Glyndebourne Opera
13 May (R) Puccini : Il Trittico Royal Opera House
10 June Britten : Death in Venice English National Opera
8 July (R) Gounod : Faust Royal Opera House

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