Photo by Linda Petzing
Our 2018 touring production is
Otto Nicolai's comic masterpiece
The Merry Wives of Windsor
This wonderful opera has charmed audiences since its premiere in 1849. Based on Shakespeare, its larger-than-life central figure is the absurd Sir John Falstaff, roundly humiliated by the cunning wives of the title. It abounds in lyrical melodies (which you will probably recognise) and in fairy magic not so far from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Catch it if you can!
Traditional, fully costumed and staged performance.
Music Director: Paul Drayton
Director: Angela Agutter-Thomas
23 May - Perranporth: Village Hall
24 May - St Austell: Arts Centre
30 May - Truro: Burrell Theatre
31 May - Penzance: Penwith College
2 June - Bude: Parkhurst Centre
7 June - Falmouth: Princess Pavilion *
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Tickets are now on sale from
Cornish Riviera Box Office (website)
by Phone (01726) 879 500
or at Tourist Offices displayed here: http://www.crbo.co.uk/index.php
* (7th June) also from www.princesspavilion.co.uk 01326 211222
PRE-TOUR ILLUSTRATED TALK
"Shakespeare in Opera"
given by Paul Drayton on May 12th 2.30 - 5pm
Venue: Truro High School (Piran Performing Arts Centre)
Cost: £7. Request a Registration Form HERE
Many composers (not just English ones) have fallen under the spell of Shakespeare. Berlioz, Gounod and Verdi are perhaps the best-known. Paul Drayton will take a closer look at some key scenes in Nicolai's sparkling comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor, Duchy Opera's current production. This German treatment will be compared with an Italian approach to the same story by Verdi in his final masterpiece Falstaff. Doomed love will be represented by Gounod's Romeo et Juliette and magical fantasy by Britten's 1960 opera A Midsummer Night's Dream. We hope to understand more of the way in which librettists and composers of the 19th / 20th centuries have given Jacobean drama a fresh lease of life on the operatic stage.