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Puccini’s LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (semi-staged production by Midsummer Opera)

Puccini’s “Wild West” opera, La Fanciulla del West (based on “The Girl of the Golden West” by David Belasco, who inspired Madama Butterfly) hasn’t been seen in London since 2005 in spite of Puccini himself having written after its first night he believed it his best work to date. When Fanciulla premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1910 under Toscanini, it was a huge hit with American audiences, playing in all of the major US opera houses of the day; yet it fared less well when it appeared in Europe - before the days of western movies European audiences were unfamiliar with the myths of the Wild West. Fanciulla is one of Puccini’s most fascinating operas and, as musical theatre, is the equal of anything he ever wrote. Don’t miss the first London opportunity for nearly 10 years to enjoy this unjustly neglected masterpiece with its beautiful melodies, its stunning tenor aria “Ch’ella mi creda” and its redemptive final love duet.


The cast include:
Zoe South - Minnie
John Upperton - Dick Johnson
Trevor Alexander - Sheriff Jack Rance
The Soloists, Chorus and Symphony Orchestra of Midsummer Opera
Conducted by David Roblou

 

Now in its 29th season, Midsummer Opera has developed its own unique house style and offers an intimate, welcoming atmosphere to audiences, many of whom are loyal and regular attenders - once you have been to an MSO performance you will feel the difference. One particular aspect of MSO is the proximity to the singers and musicians: no one is more than 12 rows away from the action! MSO offers dramatic performances given by a regular team of soloists together with the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of MSO, much more than "just another concert".

Tickets could be bought at the MSO box office:[masked]  at a concessionary rate of £17 (20% of full tickets) including £1 credit card booking fee. Please quote "meetup-LEC". 

We will be meeting directly in the Church at 6:15pm (45mins before the performance) for a drink at the bar. In any case, my mobile is 0781 3787366.
Look forward to a great evening!
Patty

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  • Patty

    just to second Peter, do email MSO on [masked] if you want to be added to their mailing list and/or wish to be involved with the chorus ...
    I will organize meetups for their upcoming operas - Mozart in the autumn 2014 and Tosca is scheduled in 2015 :-)

    April 3, 2014

  • Peter H

    If anyone wishes to have their email address added to the Midsummer Opera mailing list to be kept informed of future performances, please send it to [masked] with a request to be added.

    March 29, 2014

  • Perihan

    Very friendly and the opera was great. Wonderful orchestra! Thank you so much, Patty!

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • maria

    Great show, thanks for organizing Patty.

    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Patty

    Hi all, looking forward to the opera tomorrow!
    As advised, we'll be meeting in the bar area at the back of the church at 6:15pm. My mobile is[masked], in any case.
    Look forward to seeing you all there.
    Patty

    March 20, 2014

    • Stephanie

      Where are you sitting? I arrived late so had to find another seat.

      March 21, 2014

    • Patty

      hope you enjoyed it! we were in the front right side.

      March 22, 2014

  • Perihan

    Please someone help, phone number wrong. I am lost. Have not been able to find this church!

    March 21, 2014

  • Patty

    sorry I'm a little bit delayed - see you soon!

    March 21, 2014

  • Perihan

    I am on my way. It is a slow journey; am afraid I will get there later, hopefully in time for the start of the show. Thanks for reserving us the seats, Patty :-)

    March 21, 2014

  • Ankit M.

    Sorry folks, have to stay at work longer than expected. Tis a pity!

    March 21, 2014

    • Patty

      it's a pity - if things change do come along perhaps late.

      1 · March 21, 2014

    • Ankit M.

      Thanks, I did really want to come!

      1 · March 21, 2014

  • Atul

    I've booked mine. They kindly called back and have reserved the ticket. Will collect and pay in cash on the day. I hope we can all sit together as they are no seat numbers.

    March 16, 2014

    • Patty

      I'll block seats when I get there so as we can all sit together!

      March 21, 2014

  • Sheila R.

    So sorry, I am unable to come this evening after all.

    March 21, 2014

    • Patty

      sorry to hear that ...

      March 21, 2014

  • Rohan

    Sadly I can no longer make it for this. If anyone wants my ticket please get in touch

    March 17, 2014

  • Peter H

    As a reminder: to get the special £17 rate you MUST book in advance on[masked]

    March 5, 2014

  • Perihan

    Great stuff- I just booked my ticket (they called me back -how nice)!

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • Perihan

    hey, have you all managed to get your ticket? I have tried calling and calling, but it ends up going into fax mode....

    February 24, 2014

    • Peter H

      I think all is OK now.

      1 · February 24, 2014

  • Patty

    I was informed the phone number issue is now sorted. Please try again :-)

    February 24, 2014

  • Peter H

    Please keep trying. There ARE tickets available but they have been having slight trouble with the line, if 2 people call at the same time. Try after office hours, say 7pm.

    February 24, 2014

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