Opera Appreciation

Gounod’s Faust 16/4/22

We hold our meetings in the Volunteer Hall so that we can take advantage of the big screen and sound system.  As previously, we will look in depth at one opera at each meeting, mostly using a production on DVD for illustration, with further examples of great singers and iconic productions from YouTube.  We will look at the biographical background of the composer and librettist, as well as discovering how the composer creates musical effects and uses the orchestra to enhance the drama.  The aim of our group is to give the members a greater insight into the world of opera, so that they may fully enjoy the thrill, and appreciate the extraordinary achievement, of future performances that they are lucky enough to attend. 

Love opera? Or simply want to know what it’s all about? Then this group is for you. We will use a variety of methods – DVDs, or links to You Tube for example – to establish the most user-friendly way to enjoy opera at its best and learn all about what makes this art form so special.

Group Leader: Kit Hobkirk

Meeting day/time: Mondays (various dates) 2-4pm

Venue: Volunteer Hall

Meeting Dates (subject to change):

10/10/22 – A look at the various different operatic voice types. 14/11/22, 5/12/22, 9/1/23, 6/2/23, 6/3/23, 10/4/23, 8/5/23, 5/6/23

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