CookeThe purpose of the group is to share the enjoyment of opera and learn more about opera through visits to live and screened operas.

Group Coordinator: Julie Cooke (click to contact)

We normally visit the opera about once a month and meet very near the performance or on the day where a knowledgeable group member gives us an introduction to the opera

Various venues, locally and in town

A list of operas (live, film relays and concert performances) is circulated monthly to the group and one or two interesting performances are suggested for us all to visit. The programme is dependent on what is available. We try to mix the programme seeing screened performances of large opera companies usually at the Vue Islington; live opera at Hackney Empire or in town and at some smaller venues with less well known companies such as OperaUpClose. The music colleges also give entertaining performances from their students in training. Each outing offers a different operatic experience but it is great sharing it with people who enjoy opera and want to learn more. We try and meet up before the show at a local bar or café so that we can chat and socialize.

On occasions a member of the group will host a talk at his/her house and talk about the opera we are about to see. This is very informative and a great occasion to get together.

Some of the events attended in 2019
Queen of Spades, Tchaikovsky, film relay
Walküre, Wagner, film relay
Coronation of Poppea, performance
Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten, performance, and pre-performance member talk
Idomeneo, Mozart, performance and pre-performance talk
La Forza del Destino, Verdi, film relay, and pre-performance talk
Maria Stuarda, Donizetti, performance

Recent Operas
The operas we have seen recently include:

  • Dove's Flight
  • Mozart's Marriage of Figaro
  • Puccini's Tosca
  • Hadan's Dream
  • Verdi's Rigoletto
  • Poulenc's Voix Humaine
  • Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito
  • Mozart's Don Giovanni
  • Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle
  • Puccini's La Bohème
  • Handel's Giulio Cesare (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Mozart's The Magic Flute
  • R. Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier
  • Weill's The Threepenny Opera
  • Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience
  • Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi
  • Verdi's La Traviata
  • Cavalli's La Calisto
  • Mozart's The Magic Flute

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