Opera

September 2013 Newsletter

This is an open group which looks at the best bits of opera! So far we have dipped into Figaro, Cav & Pag, Romeo & Juliet, Carmen, La Boheme, Othello, and Aida (always the second Thursday at 10am – 11.30am in Chilwell). There are many of us who like the tunes, but not the whole opera and this is for anyone who wants to come along and see what opera is about. I make sure everyone knows the story but do not use any jargon, technical words I can’t spell etc and no one is expected to be a specialist!

We started in November last year and have kept steady numbers, not necessarily with the same people each time. The idea is that you come when you can, with no pressure to have to attend or else! All are welcome and no knowledge is needed – just a love of music and an interest in finding out more. Opera is the original “exotic and irrational entertainment” with love, laughter, murder, intrigue, revenge, drama and tears. Come and join us.

Chris

chrisshaw20038@hotmail.com

June 2013 Newsletter

This is an open group which looks at the best bits of opera! So far we have dipped into Figaro, Cav & Pag, Romeo & Juliet, Carmen, La Boheme and Othello, with Aida planned for the June (always the second Thursday at 10am – 11.30am in Chilwell). There are many of us who like the tunes, but not the whole opera and this is for anyone who wants to come along and see what opera is about. I make sure everyone knows the story but do not use any jargon, technical words I can’t spell etc and no one is expected to be a specialist!

We started in November last year and have kept steady numbers, not necessarily with the same people each time. The idea is that you come when you can, with no pressure to have to attend or else! All are welcome and no knowledge is needed – just a love of music and an interest in finding out more. Opera is the original “exotic and irrational entertainment” with love, laughter, murder, intrigue, revenge, drama and tears. Come and join us.

Chris chrisshaw20038@hotmail.com

December 2012 Newsletter

We had our initial meeting of the Opera Group on the 8th November which was very well attended with 15 people. There is still room for anyone who is interested to drop in and see if it is to their liking. We talked about what the group wanted – to watch and find out about the tunes and operas they liked, whether from television, cinema or Classic FM. We watched the lively cafe scene from La Boheme and discussed what we liked about it – the sight of 200 performers being towed on stage on top of the readymade market and cafe in a 3 minute set change was cause for comment, as was the outrageous flirting of Musetta with her irate ex-boyfriend standing by! We then watched the beautiful set of songs and duet (hankies at the ready) when the two lovers first meet – Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, They call me Mimi and Lovely Maid in the Moonlight before disappearing, humming as we went.

We meet on 2nd Thursday of each month at 10am -11.30am in the Epworth Room. If you want to come, feel free, it is informal and we have English sub titles. I will answer questions and I do not use any words I cannot spell!! At our next meeting on December 13th we will be watching the fun bits from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro – my mother called it Brian Rix Farce, to music, with lovers meetings and people hiding in cupboards and summer houses.

Future Meetings
13th December, 10th January, 14th February, 14th March.

Chris