AN INTRODUCTION TO OPERA

 

COMMENCES SPRING 2024

These informal introductory talks will operate in conjunction with the series of operas conducted live from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, as transmitted through the Red Dog Cinemas in Puerto Banus

The Spring season 2024 looks exciting with three operas scheduled:

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
Tuesday March 26th 2024, 20:15h.

CARMEN
Wednesday 1st May 2024, 19:45h.

ANDREA CHENIER
Tuesday 11th June 2024, 20:15h.

Lectures will take place on the week prior to each live opera performance. Participants will then have the opportunity to arrange to meet up with each other at the cinema where there is an intimate theatre with large comfortable armchair seats. Ticket price for entry last season was €27 which included a delicious smorgasbord of canapés and Cava, wine or soft drinks at the interval time which took place in a dedicated reception area.

Each U3A International lecture will follow, subject to feedback and class discussion, a regular format to introduce the forthcoming opera:

An explanation of the background to it and how it came to be created.

A synopsis and the story of the opera

The composer’s and librettist’s life and times.

The first performance and reception.

The musical style and themes in the opera

(Some short excerpts from the opera will be played to show what to listen for)

The meaning of opera: back then and for us today.

 

At every session there will also be an exploration, a little at a time, of the history of opera and musical epochs and styles.

 

PJ is a retired consultant medical doctor who practised in the USA, Canada and Ireland. After specialty training in Montreal, he went back part time to study arts and humanities, including musical history and voice. This study instilled in him a lifelong love of opera. He has attended performances regularly in Montreal, New York, London and Paris. He says that he “finds opera infectious and hopes he can help others catch the bug”.

To Contact the Organiser: P J Walls

Start Date: March 19, 2024

Day: Tuesday

At: 5:15pm

Frequency: Monthly

Location: Sala Marbella in the Hapimag Resort, Camilo Jose Cela, Marbella


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