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As seen in Time Out and The Richmond Magazine, opera singer Helen Astrid (formerly English National Opera) reveals the beauty, fascination and myths surrounding one of the most celebrated of all art forms.

On the last Wednesday of each month beginning in February 2019, Helen will discuss and give a simple analysis of one major opera at each talk. The content includes a brief history of the opera, the story and musical examples to heighten your enjoyment, understanding and appreciation. Each opera is to be performed at either the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden or at English National Opera in Spring 2019.

  • La Tosca (Giacomo Puccini) ~ Wednesday 27 February Containing some tragic scenes, as well as some of Puccini's most famous and best-loved lyrical arias.
  • The Magic Flute (W.A.Mozart) ~ Wednesday 27 March Mozart at his best in this delightful and charming of all his comic operas in the 'singspiel' genre.
  • Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell) ~ Wednesday 22 May Without a doubt, one of the greatest operatic masterpieces in the English language which contains the most poignant and heart-rending of all finales.

By the end of each session, you will have a more in-depth understanding, knowledge and sheer enjoyment about each of the operas studied.

Ticket includes a wine reception.

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