Key to venues:
- C.K. – Stanton Suite, Church Piece, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham
- R.A.U. – Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.
New Year’s Day Concert, Vienna
Sunday 18th February - C.K.This has been a regular feature of our programme since the start of Bijou in January 2010.
Il Trovatore by Verdi
Sunday 8th April - R.A.U.
Sunday 22nd April - C.K.
La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie) by Rossini
Sunday 24th June - C.K.
Sunday 1st July - R.A.U.
Opera Rara: Martha by Flotow
Sunday 29th July - C.K.Today this opera is unjustly overlooked and seldom if ever performed, yet it contains two well known arias. There is the concert staple that every tenor includes, M’appari and the Victorian parlour song The Last Rose of Summer. In fact, the entire opera is full of delightful melodic material and this screening will be a unique opportunity to get acquainted with this forgotten gem. Performed in the original German edition, this is a professional studio production from ZDF with excellent performances, realistic settings and correct period costumes.
Like Il Trovatore, this DVD version was only located after a considerable search!
Summer Opera Festival
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August - C.K.Full details will be available by the Spring but the operas to be shown, one each day are listed below:
- I Vespri Siciliani, Verdi, Bologna 1986
- Anna Bolena, Donizetti, Vienna 2011
- Andrea Chenier, Giordano, La Scala 1985
Mary Stuart by Donizetti
Sunday 16th September - R.A.U.
Sunday 23rd September - C.K.
Ballet: La Bayadère
Sunday 28th October - R.A.U.Last year, the Paris Opera Ballet version of The Sleeping Beauty, was screened to great acclaim. This is another ballet from the same company, produced by Rudolf Nureyev. The result is enchanting, with sublime choreography, gorgeous costumes and elaborate sets. The composer was a 19C Austrian, Ludwig Minkus. His name may be unknown today but his music is enchanting and tuneful, ideally suited to this medium.
Der Zigeuner-baron (The Gipsy Baron) by Johann Strauss
Sunday 25th November - R.A.U.
Sunday 2nd December - C.K.