Opera, Nimes ...

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Postby peter » Thu Oct 20, 2011 8:32 am

Dear Friends,

Just a brief, "What's coming up on OPERADOU. Check-out the Operadou website ( www.operadou.info ) for more detailed information. Guy and I are taking a short break so will be absent for a few days, but as usual, send me your reservations and I will confirm as soon as we return.

But back to business, the next events are:


SUNDAY 30 October @ 17H30 "Don Pasquale"
Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) composedDon Pasquale in just two weeks, but it was nonetheless an instant success at its 1834 La Scala premiere. And while the plot is typical Italian bel canto opera buffa, it has an added touch of pathos that has ensured its enduring popularity. .
The Ravenna secret weapon is Laura Giordano as Norina. Giordano is astonishingly beautiful, really does look like a 19-year-old virgin, can act, and sounds just as good as any of the famous sopranos you can name.



SATURDAY 12 November @ 17H30 Puccini "La Fanciulla del West"
Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s Hollywood-style production updates this Wild West story to the capitalist culture of Wall Street, perfectly reflecting Puccini’s innovatory spirit.
In a new angle on the age-old love triangle theme, corrupt Sheriff Jack Rance (Lucio Gallo) and charismatic criminal Dick Johnson (Zoran Todorovich) vie for the love of glamorous blonde and devout Christian Minnie (Eva-Maria Westbroek), finding her way in a man’s world.
After seeing Eva-Maria in the ROH production of Anna Nicole, we can now see her in this landmark production of Puccini’s « Wild West » opera…


Here is a message from Gordon………

"For all of you who came to the "Discover the Voice of the Century" event last weekend - and those who didn't - here is the link to the brand new page on the site that shows the Jury's reaction to the "Voice" before they saw who was singing - and what they said afterwards !

If you weren't there - you'll wish you had been!"

Operatically yours,

http://www.operadou.info/index_files/jackieevancho.htm



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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:03 am

How fortunate we are to have the possibility of seeing retransmissions of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden productions of great operas and ballets, and, according to Gordon, in better conditions than at Operadou.

Next event: Thursday 22 March @ 20h30
@ Cinéma Marcel Pagnol at Aigues Mortes
This lovely little cinema is in the town centre.

The classical ballet "Romeo and Juliette", is based on the tale of two youngsters of Verona, that fall in love, in spite of the hate that exists between their two families.

In this wonderful production, the marvellous choreography of Kenneth MacMillan gives all the dancers the chance to excel in their roles and ensures that each apparition of the principal dancers offers another layer to the story. The superb presentation of the second roles together with the exuberance of the prostitutes and the savage murder of Tybalt, ensures a festival of music, colours and grace that is not to be missed.

Time 2h52 plus two intermissions
Price: 16 € pp.

If you decide to come I would be grateful if you would notify me so especially if you can give somebody a lift. As in a normal cinema, there is no advance booking and payment is on arrival.
Also, if you would like to have supper in a local pizza-restaurant (about 16€) before the screening, please notify Patricia by mail.

Thanking you,
Patricia.



Prochaine représentation: Jeudi 22 mars - 20h30
au Cinéma Marcel Pagnol
en plein centre de la ville médiévale d'Aigues Mortes

Quelle chance d'avoir la possibilité de voir des retransmissions d'opéras et de ballets du Royal Opera House Covent Garden dans des conditions, selon Gordon, encore meilleures qu’à L’OperaDou !!!


Le ballet classique "Roméo & Juliette" dans la chorégraphie de Kenneth MacMillan, nous amène à Vérone afin d'assister à la tragédie des deux jeunes qui s'aiment malgré la haine entre leurs deux familles.

Chaque apparition des interprètes principaux offre une épaisseur nouvelle: la richesse des secondes rôles, en passant par l’exubérant trio de prostituées du parc ou encore au meurtre sauvage de Tybalt, permettant aux danseurs d’exprimer leur talent au sein de leur troupe.
Un véritable festin de musique, couleurs et grâce. A ne pas rater !!!

Durée 2h52 + 2 entractes de 20 minutes
Tarif: 16 euros pp.

Comme il n'est pas possible de faire des réservations à l'avance, le paiement se fait à l'arrivée.
Si vous voulez faire du co-voiturage ou manger dans un restaurant d'Aigues Mortes, veuillez contacter Patricia à l'avance par mail.

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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:29 am

OPERADOU: Saturday 7th April @ 17h30 for 18H00

Tchaikovshy's EUGENE ONEGIN


Described by Tchaikovsky as ‘lyric scenes’, Eugene Onegin receives a spectacular reinterpretation from the Norwegian director Stefan Herheim. His productions create controversy and excitement around Europe, and here he takes Pushkin’s story of illusion, disaffection and frustrated love and places the protagonists, world- weary Onegin and naïve, passionate Tatyana – in a triple temporal perspective, referencing the theatrical present, the period of the work’s composition, and the pageant of Russia’s history. Mariss Jansons, renowned for his mastery of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, conducts this performance from Amsterdam’s Muziektheater.


MARCEL PAGNOL CINEMA, Aigues Mortes: Tuesday 17th April @ 22H00

Verdi's RIGOLETTO
Durée 2h50 = Intermission of 20 mins - 16 euros

Beamed direct from London's Royal Opera House to the superbly equipped cinema in Aigues Mortes, this *Not to be missed* event, raises the bar for all future productions of Rigoletto, one of the best loved of all operas.

The story, an operatic Beauty and the Beast, is based on Victor Hugo's controversial play, Le Roi s'amuse. Being politically incorrect, it caused Verdi endless rows with the censors before its Venetian premiere in 1851. A delighted Hugo declared that the score's celebrated highlights, actually improved on his play - sobbing as his larger-than-life characters were swept from exaltation to despair in music of immense theatrical power and instant memorability.

David McVicar's powerful production teems with life in a world of corruption and beauty. The amazing period costumes and starkly effective sets, provide an ideal frame for Verdi's exploration of love, emotional betrayal and the darkest revenge.

One must wonder what Verdi would have made of this raunchy production that shows some nudity and scenes of a sexual nature. Somehow, I think he would have like it.


PS Possibility to dine together beforehand in the Pizzeria in Aigues Mortes.

As always, for more information or reservations, please contact Patricia Brochier by mail.
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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:39 am

For May we have two very exciting events at L'OperaDou !!! They are sure to engender a great deal of interest and as usual, seats will be allocated on a strict first come first served basis.

REGARDING RESERVATIONS:
It is essential to reserve early for these exciting events, especially so as I will be away from the 4th April. After this date, you can contact me by phone on 06 10 74 16 32;


PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL TIMES !


Wednesday 9 May - 19 h 30

Special V.I.P. talk on HD recordings of orchestral concerts by Hank McFadyen, founder of the authoritative www.hdvdarts.com website from Dallas, Texas, USA

Hank created and administers this amazingly comprehensive website which lists ALL commercially available High Definition recordings of Operas, Ballets, Plays and documentaries dealing with the arts. He also reviews these releases - with some help provided by several “Confreres” (including Gordon and the OperaDou Jury).

His talk will show how orchestral concerts in particular can benefit from HD recording and how improvements in the process are being spearheaded by the Japanese — with literally stunning examples from very rare (AND very expensive) Japanese Blu-Ray discs !!!
Read his article on this subject here:
http://www.hdvdarts.com/full-reviews-ar ... ts-of.html
This is a unique event and we encourage everyone to take part (French translation will be provided).



Saturday 12 May - 18 h 30

Experience state-of-the-art High Definition Sound Quality and Picture Quality on a disc specially imported (at great expense !!!) from Japan by OperaDou !!!
See and hear the Saito Kinen Orchestra (Saito Memorial Festival Orchestra) conducted by Seiji Ozawa playing:
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 ("Titan")
Our special guest Hank McFadyen will be here to present this recording and explain what makes it so outstanding. Read Hank’s full review of this amazing disc here:
http://www.hdvdarts.com/titles/berlioz- ... titan.html
If you love orchestral music, we strongly encourage you to attend these events - and read Hank's articles that explain what makes these recordings so exceptional....
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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Thu May 31, 2012 8:01 am

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Saturday 9th June
17h30

A lavish production by Opera Australia from the Sydney Opera House.
LAKME
by Délibes



This opera, in french, by Délibes, is set in India when the subcontinent was part of the British Empire. It tells the story of a British Army officer who falls in love with Lakme, the innocent girl priestess, sung by outstanding coloratura soprano Emma Matthews.

This production, a masterpiece of scenic art inspired by traditional Hindu painting, evokes a gorgeous, colourful India. The music, a real delight, includes the famous "Flower duet" and one of the star turns of the colouratura repertoire, the famous 'Bell Song'.

This feast for all the senses is a wonderful opportunity to discover the quality productions being staged by Opera Australia.
It will be the first time we have screened an Opera Australia production - but it won't be the last.


NB Opera Australia is dedicated to enriching Australia's cultural life by offering productions that excite audiences and develop the art form.
It is Australia's largest and busiest performing arts organisation with over 600 opera performances a year. including two mainstream opera seasons in Sydney and Melbourne and a whole range of other activities including free outdoor performances.
Opera Australia also has a touring company, Oz Opera, performing in regional centres, capital cities and schools, very often giving people their very first experience of opera!
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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:39 pm

COMING UP ON OPERADOU

Saturday 30 June @ 18H00, **ADRIANI LECOUVREUR**

This is a truly stunning production of Cilea's verismo drama of celebrity, romance, jealousy and death.

Lead singers are Angela Gheorgia as the celebrated French actress, Adriani Lecouvreur and Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Maurizo, Count of Saxony.

David McVicar's hit production - the first performance of the opera at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for more than a century - presents the life of the French actress as a blurring of the distinction between fantasy and reality.

The action revolves around a life-size Baroque Theatre taking us from the bustle and colour of the first act backstage to the bare final scenes as the drama reaches its fatal climax.



Saturday 14 July @ 18H00, **DON GIOVANNI**

Opera Australia does it again... it's successfully put the "Oz" in Mozart and made sure that there was heaps of "art" for all to enjoy as well. From Don giovanni's opening murder to his earth-shattering end - this opera has it all!!! Love jealousy, double-dealing, mistaken identities and broken hearts aplenty: all set to magnificent music, beautifully performed by an impressive crew.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes' Don oozes testosterone. A relentless womaniser, he struts the stage in leather, his voice, at once masterful and seductive. Sydney's Opera House provides a wonderfully intimate venue for his seductions and the audience responds with laughter and plentiful, well-deserved applause.

NB There will be 2 intervals, with drinks and snacks beside the pool, plus July 14th Fireworks.

These 2 exciting events are sure to engender a great deal of interest and as usual, seats will be allocated on a strict first come first served basis.

RESERVATIONS
By E-mail to Patricia on: patriciakb@wanadoo.fr OR telephone on: 04 66 62 18 58. Seating capacity is 24 so early reservation is essential, especially for the 14th July.

When making your reservation, please note what you will be bringing for the Buffet: a bottle and something suitable for a hot summer evening plus A BIG FIREWORK for the 14th.
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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:13 am

MUSIC CLUB

LAST OF THE SUMMER JAZZ……
Thursday 5th September will be the last of the 'free' summer Jazz concerts in the magical garden of the Imperator Hotel, Nimes. It can truly be said, they have saved the best for last: The Hot Antic Jazz Group.

I first saw this superb group 35 years ago, when they were playing at the 100 Club in Oxford Street. Over the years, these keen Jazzmen have managed to mix business with pleasure, in maintaining both their professional & musical careers. Now retired, they have gained a few kilos and lines, but their playing is as fresh as ever.

Please try to come: the concerts run from 8pm to 11h30pm. However, this is a very informal venue so just come and go as it suits you. No need to book. Guy and I will arrive about 9pm, after our last summer 'Fish and Chip Supper'. We will try to sit on the raised terrace under the big tree on the right hand side of the stage.

FISH & CHIP SUPPER - 7.50€
RV 19H30 at the FOX TAVERN in the Rue de l'Horloge. It is essential that you let me know if you are coming so that I can book a table for us all. This meal is not a gourmet repas but it is fun and offers a good occasion to meet up with absent friends again, after the long lazy summer.




FIRST OF THE WINTER OPERAS
What a great sen-off for our Opera season: The Royal Opera House's production of 'CARMEN' in 3D:
Wednesday 26th September @ MARCEL PAGNOL CINEMA; Aigues Mortes

I need not describe in detail this much loved opera. There has been so many versions, everybody has their favorite but critics agree that this production of the ROH is probably the best ever version of Carmen. Only one question remains, will it or won't it be enhanced by 3D? Whatever your suppositions, come and decide for yourself.

Gordon, expecting a deluge of spectators, has reserved the whole back row for us. It is essential that you book early because seats will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis, pay on arrival, 16 euros. Normally projections begin at 20h00, I will confirm exact time later.

Possibility to meet in Pizza Restaurant for a simple supper beforehand.

Contact me on patriciakb@wanadoo.fr for more information and reservations.

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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:55 am

STOP PRESS NEWS……

You can imagine how excited and delighted Gordon is to invite us to the first screening of the autumn:

an EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW of Opera Australia's breathtaking open-air production on Sydney Harbour
of Verdi's "La Traviata", starring Emma Mathews as Violeta.
………………… Get a glimpse here: http://youtu.be/6xX92a0NZ2k

This Blu-Ray disc is due for release in October.
Be among the first in the world to review it as a member of the Operadou Jury!!!.

There will be 2 limited screenings of 15 people maximum,
on Sunday 9 September and Saturday 22 September.

As usual you will be asked for your critical appreciation of the production - in writing and in video interviews.

Doors open at 18H30;

Please contact me as soon as possible to sign up for the date of your choice.

Patricia patriciakb@wanadoo.fr



get a glimpse here: http://youtu.be/6xX92a0NZ2k
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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:21 pm

To lighten the gloomy nights of November, Gordon is proposing a rare opportunity to get acquainted with one of the greatest works in the operatic repertoire.

English-speaking audiences have always found Die Meistersinger to be a life-enhancing celebration of wisdom, art and song. So it proves in David McVicar's production – the first at Glyndebourne – which is updated to the early-19th century of Wagner's childhood.

At the centre of a true ensemble cast is Gerald Finley, "a gleamingly sung eminently believable Sachs" (The Independent on Sunday), supported by the dynamic conducting of Vladimir Jurowski which, like McVicar's production, uses Glyndebourne's special intimacy to bring sharp focus to bear on the subtlety of Wagner's musical and dramatic counterpoint.

As usual, contact me by E-Mail to reserve your place, noting if possible, what you will be brining for the Buffet.
This long opera so will be screened on two successive nights. You can come to both or one, as you like.

This very unique Wagner opera is special in several ways: it is his only comedic opera, he wrote the libretto as an original story (not based on any outside events or mythology), it contains no magic or supernatural occurrences, and it is one of the longest operas performed today clocking in between 4 and 5 hours. The story centers around a guild of meistersingers (master singers) where the winner of their upcoming contest will win the hand of the daughter of one of the elder members. Trouble ensures when the daughter falls in love with someone other than a meistersinger.
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Postby peter » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:10 am

Wagner's 'DIE MEISTER-SINGER'

Friday 9 November Acts 1 & 2
Saturday 10 November Act 3

Doors open 18h30

Find out more on our website here:
http://www.operadou.info/index_files/op ... gramme.htm

English-speaking audiences have always found Die Meistersinger to be a life-enhancing celebration of wisdom, art and song. So it proves in David McVicar's production – the first at Glyndebourne – which is updated to the early-19th century of Wagner's childhood.

At the centre of a true ensemble cast is Gerald Finley, "a gleamingly sung eminently believable Sachs" (The Independent on Sunday), supported by the dynamic conducting of Vladimir Jurowski which, like McVicar's production, uses Glyndebourne's special intimacy to bring sharp focus to bear on the subtlety of Wagner's musical and dramatic counterpoint.

As usual, contact Patricia by E-Mail to reserve your place, noting if possible, what you will be bringing for the Buffet.
This long opera will be screened on two successive nights. You can come to both or one, as you like.

Read the synopsis in English here : http://classicalmusic.about.com/b/2012/ ... nopsis.htm


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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Sun Dec 02, 2012 6:56 pm

Two amazing live concerts in the intimacy of L’OperaDou !!!

The second in a series of OperaDou LIVE!!! concerts, we present three amazing artists:

Jason Carter: a British Guitarist with a distinctive fusion style that blends Flamenco and Classical Guitar. He will also be playing the 18 string Harp Guitar and introducing two of his most recent videos.

Verity Smith: a blind Singer / Songwriter who is working with Jason Carter on an album 'Snakes and Ladies' due for release in 2013.

Henry Frampton: working as a composer/songwriter for over 20 years has been running a studio in London and Italy. He is now working more in a live context and will be hitting the road with force in 2013!

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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:15 pm

By email :


Dear Friends,

I have recently had so many problems with Wanadoo that I have opened a new box with Google.

Please note my new Mail address: pkbrochier@gmail.com.

Apart from that, nothing happening at Operadou during freezing January. I will advise you as soon as something is planned.

Happy New Year,

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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:33 pm

Operadou:
Saturday 9th February - Doors open at 18h30

A controversial production of Rossini’s « Moses in Egypt ».
This 2011 production of Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto doesn’t take sides and offers no solutions, but rather strives to present a balanced account of the impact of conflict and oppression on a population, specifically in a modern-day Middle East context.
The brilliance of this production is that it works both ways, drawing inspiration from Rossini’s remarkable score, finding a meaningful modern way to bring its themes to life, while at the same time injecting its ancient Biblical story with a heavy dose of reality


Saturday 16th February - Doors open at 18h30
« Hommage à nos chanteurs disparus »

Michel Diniakos stars in this live concert for lovers of great French singers :
Ferrat, Barbara, Trenet, Piaf, Gainsborough, Dalida.
No charge but donation towards the singers expenses would be welcome.




Au Semaphore Cinema, Nimes

Friday 22nd February - RV 9h45 au Semaphore, Nimes

Private séance of the film: Hyde Park on Hudson (VO) / Weekend Royal (VF).
Price 4 euros per person (cash on arrival).

Two year's ago we saw 'The kings speech' which was set in 1936.
This film is also about George lll and Queen Elizabeth but takes place 3 years later.

The action takes place just before the war when the US President, Franklin Rosevelt, invited, George and Elizabeth to spend a weekend at his holiday home. The English know how to laugh at themselves, but Americans do not so some Americans were shocked and protested.
Historically it is correct, all is true, quite amazing. ,

Early reservation strongly recommended:

For further information and reservations for any of these events
Please contact Patricia on pkbrochier@gmail.com as soon as possible
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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:26 pm

MUSIC CLUB

This month Operadou offers a stunning new version of one of Puccini's best-loved opera's,


TURANDOT

Saturday 16 March, doors open 18H30


Top-class version by the young Opera Australia which dazzles us by the quality of every aspect of this production.

It stars the American soprano Susan Foster, Italian Rosario La Spina as her ardent suiter and Italian soprano Daria Masiero, who brings a touching characterisation of Liu.

The chorus impresses in both its bloodcurdling fortissimo outbursts and hushed sotto voce musings. Arvo Volmer excels with the orchestra's stylish accompaniment with the score's intriguing mix of sumptuous lyricism and astringent dissonance.

This spectacular conception of the Bloody romance of Turandot is so imaginative and well-conceived that it seems unlikely to ever look dated.

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Postby peter » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:13 pm

16/03/2013

Puccini

TURANDOT

Doors open 18h30





DIRECTOR Graeme Murphy's production of Turandot dazzles, creating a bustling, brilliantly choreographed hive of activity that never detracts from the rather static plot.

Murphy's spectacular conception is so imaginative and well-conceived that it seems unlikely to ever look dated. In this Opera Australia production from the Sydney Opera House, American soprano Susan Foster is an imposing Turandot, displaying stunning tonal purity and clarity of articulation, while the sheer power and strength of tenor Rosario La Spina's singing makes for an ardent, heroic portrayal of Calaf. As Liu, Italian soprano Daria Masiero's otherwise warm-toned timbre and touching characterisation is undermined by her overly florid vibrato. The chorus impresses in both its bloodcurdling fortissimo outbursts and hushed sotto voce musings. Arvo Volmer and the orchestra's stylish accompaniment realise the score's intriguing mix of sumptuous lyricism and astringent dissonance.

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6/04/2013

Puccini

La Boheme

Doors open 18h30





With the new production of Puccini's La Bohème in Oslo Stefan Herheim and his team reaches a new high in terms of innovative reading of a work everyone thought they knew. Herheim's La Bohème is heartbreaking and grotesque; images of death are always present…
For example, he updates tuberculosis with cancer, helping more people relate to the tragedy. We are challenged to deal with our own experiences relating to death. Rodolfo refuses to accept that Mimì is dead. Her death happens in a scene before the actual opera starts. Fantasy blends with reality in this production, contrasting with traditional productions that invariably symbolize our own (and Rodolfo's) escapism.

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Postby peter » Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:17 pm

INVITATION: Guided Tour of the 'Comedie' Opera House, Montpellier.

DATE: Monday 25th March
RV: In front of Opera House**
PRICE: 12€ per person


You are cordially invited to join us on this special guided tour of Montpellier's Comédie Opera House which recently re-opened after an extensive closure for restoration and refurbishment which has brought it back to its original glory.

The 2 hour tour by the Stage Manager and specialised guide, leads us through the Italianate public areas, all gilt and velvet, to the secret world of the backstage domaine.

If you are free to come, please confirm to Patricia VERY quickly.


** It is perhaps easiest to leave your car at the Odyseum Car Park
then come into town on the tram.
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OPERADOU IN APRIL

Saturday 6th April
Doors open 18h30
PUCCINI'S LA BOHEME

Stefan Herheim surprising production takes a really fresh look at Puccini's La Bohème, wherein Mimi's Tuberculosis is transformed into terminal cancer. This exceptional production, is superbly sung as befits this great opera classic.

LIVE CONCERT AT OPERADOU
Taking advantage of the intimate atmosphere and excellent acoustics, several local musicians are offering us a series of Live Concerts at l'Operadou. These events are quite eclectic, ranging from Classical to Pop.
The first such event was a triple bill on 8 & 9 December 2012, with Jason Carter, Verity Smith & Henry Frampton. The next will be:

Saturday 13 April
Doors open 19h00

MUSIC for FLUTES, VIOLIN, VIOLONCELLO & PIANO
with
Fanchon Ligny - violin
Christine Robieux - piano and Song
Pierre Paolicchi - piano
Frances Allen - violoncello
Nicky Samuels & Pierre Avon - flutes

These events are free of charge but everybody is expected to bring a Bottle and something delicious for the Buffet (not a packet of chips).
As usual, contact Patricia for reservations: pkbochier@gmail.com.
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Saturday 4th May at Operadou
ARIANE & BARBE-BLEU

Doors open 18H30

For this holiday month we have a rare opportunity to see a very rare French opera - and the only one by Paul Dukas.

Dukas's opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue, which is based on Maeterlinck's symbolist version of the classic tale, sees free spirit Ariane become the sixth wife of the infamous Barbe-bleue, who gives his new bride seven keys to seven doors, but prohibits the use of the last. Ariane discovers an array of glittering jewels behind the first six doors, but a terrifying reality awaits her as she unlocks the seventh...

José van Dam is cast as the villainous Barbe-bleue, while taking on the immensely demanding role of Ariane - who does not leave the stage throughout the entire opera - is American soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet.

This modernistic production of a fascinating work, is beautifully set off with force and sensitivity by the orchestra of the Liceu under the conductor Stéphane Denêve.

Contact Patricia for Reservations.
As usual, no charge but everybody is expected to bring something delicious for the Buffet.
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Re: Opera

Postby peter » Wed May 08, 2013 6:04 pm

OPERADOU Special CONCERT by Henry Frampton
Tomorrow evening - (Jeudi 9 May) at 20H00

An opportunity not to be missed. Tomorrow evening, the amazingly talented musician, Henry Frampton, will be giving a private concert, for the friends of Operadou.

Henry has recently come to live in Nimes, after several years in Italy. His work is very special, very intellectual, in some ways it resembles that of Pink Floyd, Henry composes his own music - it is ethereal - absolutely amazing.

Let me know if you can come as seating is, as usual, limited.
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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Wed May 22, 2013 5:49 pm

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Gordon never ceases to amaze us with his choice of amazing performances to show us. This month, he has excelled himself.....


OPERADOU Saturday 1st June
Scarlatti's 'DOVE è AMORE è GELOSIA'
Doors open 18h30

One can not fail to be amazed by this historical reconstruction of a baroque opera in the perfectly preserved baroque theatre at Cesky Krumlov Castle! All is magical and authentic - the musicians in period costume and the entire show lit by candlelight.

This opera, Scarlatti’s Dove è amore è gelosia 'Where there is love there is jealousy', was commissioned to be performed in this Castle theatre for the celebrations of the wedding of the prince's son, Johann Nepomuk zu Schwarzenberg on July 24, 1768. The opera was conducted by Giuseppe Scarlatti himself.

As usual, seating limited to early inscription is highly recommended.


OPERADOU Saturday 8th June - A special session sponsored by Aline Cayhuela!
Tchailovsky's 'SWAN LAKE'
Doors open 18h30

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake is a piece of ballet-influenced contemporary dance, choreographed by Matthew Bourne, that was first staged at Sadler's Wells theatre in London in 1995. The longest running ballet in London's West End and on Broadway, it has enjoyed two successful tours in the UK and thrilled audiences in Los Angeles, Europe, Australia and Japan.

The ballet is loosely based on the Russian romantic ballet Swan Lake, from which it takes the music by Tchaikovsky and the broad outline of the plot. Stylistic inspiration also came from the Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds. The ballet is particularly known for having the parts of the swans danced by men rather than women.


OPERADOU Saturday 22nd June
Paul Dukas's 'ARIANE et BARBE-BLUE'
Doors open 18h30

Following last month's deception due to postal delays, we are now proud to offer this very rare French opera - and the only one by Paul Dukas.

Dukas's opera Ariane et Barbe-bleue, is based on Maeterlinck's symbolist version of the classic tale. We see free spirit Ariane become the sixth wife of the infamous Barbe-bleue, who gives his new bride seven keys to seven doors, but prohibits the use of the last. Ariane discovers an array of glittering jewels behind the first six doors, but a terrifying reality awaits her as she unlocks the seventh...

José van Dam is cast as the villainous Barbe-bleue, while taking on the immensely demanding role of Ariane - who does not leave the stage throughout the entire opera - is American soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet.

This modernistic production of a fascinating work, is beautifully set off with force and sensitivity by the orchestra of the Liceu under the conductor Stéphane Denêve.

Contact Patricia for Reservations.
As usual, no charge but everybody is expected to bring something delicious for the Buffet.
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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Sat May 25, 2013 10:36 am

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Consultez le programme pour juin / juillet sur notre site et voir des extraits vidéos ici:
http://www.operadou.info/index_files/op ... gramme.htm
Attention : la séance du 1 juin sera la 50eme depuis le lancement du Jury en janvier 2010 !!!
Séance baroque et féerique aux chandelles !!!

et aussi :

Consultez les critiques (in English and French) - et voir les vidéos (in French with English subtitles)
- pour notre derniére séance - La Boheme (Oslo) ici:
http://www.archives.operadou.info/index ... a_Oslo.htm

Contactez Patricia Brochier pour faire vos inscriptions - et annoncer votre contribution au buffet - ici: patriciakb@wanadoo.fr
Operatically yours,
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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:17 pm

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Saturday 13th July at Operadou
Verdi's RIGOLETTO

Doors open 18H30

You may have seen this "NY Met" production by Michael Mayer, when it was screened direct at some cinemas in February.

This american version of Verdi's towering tragedy is inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack in the 60's. The action takes place in Las Vegas, an ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence of the dark and at times terrifying sound world of Rigoletto.

In this production, Michele Mariotti conducts. Piotr Beczala is the womanising Duke of Mantua, Zeljko Lucic his tragic sidekick Rigoletto and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto's dauther and their victim.

As usual, there is no charge but everybody is expected to bring something delicious for the Buffet.`

Contact Patricia for reservations
To learn all about Operadou, consult the 'operadou' website.

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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:47 am

INVITATION TO A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

We are pleased to invite all our friends of OPERADOU
to a Musical Night to Remember

When: In the evening of Saturday 17th August
Where: Aubais.

Au programme: lots of lovely music, lots of lovely people and lots of lovely food.
Your friends and family also welcome. No charge but everybody to bring food and drinks for the Buffet
Volunteers needed to help on the night.

Numbers are limited so if you are interested, contact me as soon as possible and I will send full details by return.
So hoping you can come,

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Re: Opera, Nimes ...

Postby peter » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:15 pm

28th September 2013
Mayerbeer,
ROBERT LE DIABLE

Doors open 17H30

Please note early starting time !
Laurent Pelly's production provides a rare opportunity to see this classic of French grand opera by Meyerbeer. Romance and the supernatural combine in a staging inspired by medieval France.

A grand opera that dominated the stages of Europe for most of the 19th century, Robert le diable is a masterpiece. Director Laurent Pellybreathes new life into Giacomo Meyerbeer’sgreat spectacle and audaciously entertaining moral fable, in this colourful new staging for The Royal Opera. The wonderful score includes brilliant arias, dramatic ensembles, rousing choruses and a ballet of ghostly nuns, and with the wavering hero of the title sung by Bryan Hymel, acclaimed for his role as Énée in Les Troyens for The Royal Opera and theMetropolitan Opera, this is an unmissable experience.

As with all these productions, there is no admission fee but everybody to bring something delicious for the Buffet. If you have not been before, contact Patricia for location and further details:

Tel: 04 66 62 18 58 / E-mail pbbrochier@gmail.com
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