Published by Clive on Sun, 04/03/2018 - 4:23pm
feuds family friendships
“Blood is thicker than water” – or so they say.
If you’re a character in an opera, it is unlikely that your family life will be happy and
uncomplicated. In innocent youth, you may find a soulmate but, after one or two beautiful
duets, true love founders on the rocks of jealousy, infidelity, or parental hostility. Occasionally
love and loyalty win through – against all the odds.
Fate frequently intervenes in the lives of opera families and is very rarely kind. Loving parents
are separated from their children. Siblings succumb to relentless rivalry. Dreadful secrets come
to light, tearing the family apart. Deadly feuds break out. Bonds of friendship turn out to be
stronger than ties of blood.
All these powerful family passions and terrible torments give birth to great music. So, while
Opera families suffer, audiences enjoy every note.
feuds, family, friendships is Opera Nova’s new semi-staged production for 2018. It explores
the ties that bind us to family and friends as depicted in operas and musicals, contrasting
togetherness and loyalty with scheming self-interest and sad separations.
Using only simple costumes and props, Opera Nova presents family life with exciting drama
and wonderful music; from Bernstein’s West Side Story to Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, from
Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore to Verdi’s Rigoletto. Famous film music plays a part too,
including Gabriel’s Oboe, composed by Enrico Morricone for The Mission; while enduring opera
favourites, such as Bizet’s Pearl Fishers Duet and the Easter Hymn from Mascagni’s Cavalleria
Rusticana, will be enjoyed by all.
Sunday, 4 March 2018 - 4:21pm