A mini Muddy guide for opera virgins

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Ted Drake

Figaro here! Figaro there! Figaaaaroooo!  I know there’s more to opera than big-bosomed women wearing horned helmets and British Airways ads, but where to start? Morag McLaren, opera-trained West End lead and now Creative Director of the Cooper Hall in Frome – which runs an opera club – and Fay Goodridge, Associate Director of the aforementioned CH and opera novice, suggest some tunes for opera virgins. Get out those tissues and enjoy.

‘Vissi d’arte’ from Tosca by Puccini

‘Song To The Moon’ from Rusalka by Dvorak

‘Dido’s Lament’ (‘When I am laid in earth’) from Dido and Aeneas by Handel

‘Lensky’s Aria’ from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky

Soave sia il vento’ from Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart

The Cooper Hall Opera Club (CHOC) meets four times a year. You can go along to one event for £12.50 or become a member of the club for £45 which covers all four events. The next CHOC event is at 8pm on Thursday 26 January, where they’ll be exploring Puccini’s La Boheme. The evening will be led by the editor of Opera Now magazine, Ash Khandekar with David Price on piano and excerpts from the opera by young professional singers from Iford Arts:  Erin Alexander, the first Cooper Hall bursary award recipient and Adam Maxey who is currently studying at The Guildhall School of Music.

Cooper Hall, Selwood Manor, Jacks Lane, Frome, BA11 3NL. Tel 01373 471854 cooperhall.org

 

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