Summer Opera Festival 2017
Saturday 19th to Monday 21st August 2017
The first annual Summer Opera Festival will held in Cheltenham, with opera films being shown at the Stanton Suite, Church Piece, Charlton Kings. The event will run for 3 days (19 - 21 Aug. 2017). Convenient hotel accommodation is being provided for those travelling from away and local members will be welcome to attend the opera screening, according to their preferences.
The three operas to be shown are described below:
Saturday 19th August, 2.30pm
I Lombardi, Verdi. This historic La Scala, Milan production dates from 1984 and stars a young and virile José Carreras in his prime, matched with the soprano Ghena Dimitrova in this dramatic and powerful work from early in the composer’s career.
Sunday 20th August, 2.30pm
There will be the option of Sunday Lunch at The Merryfellow Inn, Charlton Kings, followed by the second opera film:
La Boheme, Puccini. Also from La Scala, but from over 50 years ago (1965) this is a truly classic production by that master of stage and screen, Franco Zeffirelli, matched by the equally renowned conductor Herbert von Karajan. A youthful Mirella Freni takes the lead as Mimi and while the other cast members names have faded over time, they all deliver excellent performances.
Monday 21st August, 10.00am
Don Giovanni, Mozart. This particular production is considered to be a definitive version of this opera. An ROH production from 1988, it stars Thomas Allen as the aristocratic and devious Don, with an outstanding cast of Stafford Dean (Leporello) Stuart Burrows (Don Ottavio) and Kiri Te Kanawa (Donna Anna). This will be a unique opportunity, as this has never been released commercially on DVD.
Attendance at a single screening will be £12.00 p.p.
For two screenings, the discounted price will be £22.00 p.p. For all three, a special price of £30.00 p.p.
Sunday lunch at The Merryfellow Inn will be £15.00 p.p.