This year sees an exciting development for the Opera Appreciation Group. We are holding our meetings in the main space of 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.
We will meet once a month, on a Monday afternoon from 2.00pm-4.00pm in the Volunteer Hall, Duns; the next meeting is 13 June, when we will be finishing the year with an in-depth look at different operatic voice types. To cover the cost of hiring the Volunteer Hall, there will be an additional £1 attendance fee.
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 – Zoom screen sharing, 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.