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Giselle Act 2

Tuesday, 24 May 2022 - 7:15pm

What promises to be an enjoyable and most interesting evening. Prior to our interval we shall watch the traditional version of Act 2 of Giselle; afterwards Act 2 of an excellent 2016 re-imagined version. Don’t miss. Information about Giselle and what we shall be watching will be circulated in advance to all on the Group mailing list.

The Coronation of Poppea

Thursday, 19 May 2022 - 10:00am

A second showing of the DVD of Montiverdi’s seventeenth-century opera, at the Letchworth Settlement, £4 to cover hire of main hall. Read more

Coronation of Poppea

At the Letchworth Settlement. We shall watch a DVD of Monteverdi's opera The Coronation of Poppea, first performed in Venice in 1642. An early opera, so this meeting is outside of the Group's general meetings, but do come along if interested. Contact John should you require further information.


Letchworth Settlement

Alina’ An evening featuring the wonderful ballerina Alina Cojocaru. We shall treat ourselves watching her dance Act 1 of Giselle and as Aurora in extracts from The Sleeping Beauty. Information about Alina, and about what we shall be watching, will be circulated in advance to all on the Group mailing list. Don’t miss.

Next meeting: Puccini's La rondine


Tuesday 1 March, 7.15pm

Letchworth Settlement

Feedback from September's Reopening Gala indicated that Act 2 of Puccini’s lesser known opera La Rondine was greatly enjoyed, there being much interest in knowing more about this opera. It is the right length, so we shall watch the complete performance. Very tuneful, superb cast, excellent production, so don’t miss. Synopsis and Programme Notes will be circulated in advance to all on the Group mailing list.


Coming meetings/events

Do check Group Events opposite for coming meetings or visits

Mailing list

Information about opera and ballet, a range of visits, as well as interesting articles, are sent out to all on the Group's mailing list. Whether or not you have attended meetings in the past, or even if you do not envisage doing so in the future, should you wish to receive information, along with the articles, just let John, the Group Contact, have your email or postal address. 

Opera and Ballet

This Group attracts good attendances, the evenings being appreciated by all who attend. To keep things special we usually have six or seven weeks between meetings. We rarely watch a whole opera or ballet from beginning to end; usually we watch ‘the best bits’, or those parts or scenes which provide a means of more fully appreciating and understanding the opera or ballet. Sometimes we focus on a particular great performer, Maria Callas for example. Our programmes are always reasonably ‘light’, certainly not ‘heavy’, with the emphasis on enjoying the evening, so if you enjoy opera or ballet, if only a bit, do come along. We also arrange occasional special visits; such as a backstage tour of the Royal Opera House, seeing English National Ballet dancers in their daily class, and visiting the Royal Ballet School. For further information do contact John.


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