Monday, 28 September 2015

Royal Albert Memorial Museum hosts Devon Opera "The Passion of Puccini" Tuesday 6 October 2015 Press Release from Business Development Consultant Margi Jervoise plus full details and news of three other performances at Chudleigh (Friday 2 October and Sunday 4 October) and Dartington Great Hall (Thursday 8 October)

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s Development Trust is delighted to be hosting its first opera at Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Devon Opera will be performing an evening entitled “The Passion of Puccini” on Tuesday 6th October at 7.30pm.

The first part of the evening will include arias from Puccini’s operas; “Edgar”, “Tosca”, “La Rondine”, “Madama Butterfly” and “Turandot”. After the interval when drinks will be served, there will be a staged performance of acts 3 and 4 of “La Bohème”.

The cast is as follows:
Sopranos: Suzanne Manuell,
Joyce Clarke
               Lynsey Docherty
         and Natasha Day
Tenor: Leonel Pinheiro
Baritones: Timothy Connor
         and Nathan Morrison
Bass Baritone: Matt Buswell
Music Director and Pianist: Joyce Clarke
Director: Ruth Bettesworth
Artistic Director and Presenter: Peter Clarke

Devon Opera Chairman
Robert Hough
Aeolian Court Music Room

Robert Hough, Chairman of Devon Opera said:

 “We believe opera is for everybody and as well as opera enthusiasts, we wish to attract “first timers” to experience the pleasure of fine singing and beautiful music in central Exeter. We are thrilled to be performing at RAMM where the opera will be presented in an intimate setting surrounded by beautiful works of art.”

Garden Reception Entrance
(Exeter Phoenix Car Park)
The event will be held in Gallery 20, which will also be displaying the museum’s Fine Art Collection.

Garden Reception doors open at 6.30pm for drinks prior to the event, which starts at 7.30pm promptly.

Tickets cost £25 – (no concessions)
available online from the RAMM Website
OR from Reception at RAMM on 01392 265858.

Drinks are available for a £2 donation.

For further information please contact:
RAMM Development Trust

Telephone: 01392 265963

Devon Opera

Aeolian Court Chudleigh
Friday 2 & Sunday 4 October 7.30pm

Gallery 20
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter
Tuesday 6 October 7.30pm
(Garden Reception doors open at 6.30pm for drinks reception)

Dartington Great Hall
Thursday 8 October 7.30pm


Selected Arias &
Acts 3 & 4 of "La Bohème"

Musical Director: Joyce Clarke          

Stage Director: Ruth Bettesworth

Presenter: Peter Clarke

Soprano: Natasha Day
                    Linsey Docherty
                      Suzanne Manuell
        Tenor: Leonel Pinheiro
     Baritone: Timothy Connor
Bass Barritone: Matthew Buswell   
                     Nathan Morrison


P A R T   1

Manon Lescaut
Intermezzo - Piano Introduction
Pianist: Joyce Clarke

Tosca 1900

(La Tosca, Victorien Sardou)

Floria Tosca, Act II:
"Vissi d’arte" (I lived for art)
(Mario Cavaradossi is in the custody of Baron Scarpia)
Soprano: Suzanne Manuell

Mario Cavaradossi, Act III:
"E lucevan le stelle" (And the stars were shining)
(Mario Cavaradossi awaits execution on the roof of the Castel Sant'Angelo) 
Tenor: Leonel Pinheiro 

La Bohème 1896
(Scènes de la vie de bohème, Henri Murger)
Musetta, Act II,
"Quando m’en vo soletta per la via"
(When I walk alone in the street)
(Musetta's waltz sung to make Marcello jealous)
Soprano: Lynsey Docherty

Madama Butterfly 1904
(Madame Chrysanthème, Pierre Loti)
Cio-Cio-San, Act II
"A dì bel, vedremo" (We will see a beautiful day)
(Cio-Cio-San sings to her maid Suzuki about her desire for Lt Pinkerton's return)
Soprano: Suzanne Manuell

Edgar 1889
(La Coupe et les Lèvres - The Cup and the Lips, Alfred de Musset)
Frank, Act I
"Questo amor, vergogna mia" (This shameful love of mine)
(Frank sings about his love for his childhood friend Tigrana)
Baritone: Timothy Connor

La Rondine (The Swallow) 1917
Magda de Civry, Act I
"Chi il bel sogno di Doretta potè indovinar?"
(Who can guess the lovely dream Doretta had?)
(Magda replies to Prunier's tale of Doretta, who rejected a King for true love)
Soprano: Natasha Day

La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the West) 1910
(The Girl of the Golden West, David Balasco)
Dick Johnson (a.k.a. the bandit Ramerrez) Act III
"Ch’ella mi creda libero e lontano"
(Let her believe I'm free and far away)
(Dick begs Sheriff Jack Rance & the lynch mob not to tell Minnie he is dead)
Tenor: Leonel Pinheiro

Turandot (completed by Franco Alfano) 1926
(Turan-Dokht from the Haft Peykar, Nizami 12th Century)
Princess Turandot: Act II
"In questa reggia, or son mill'anni e mille, un grido disperato risonò"
(In this palace, thousands of years ago, a desperate cry rang out)
(Princess Turando recalls the murder of her distant ancestor Princess Lo-u-Ling
and the conquest of her peaceful kingdom)
Soprano: Suzanne Manuell
P A R T   2


Director: Ruth Bettesworth 

 Mimi: Natasha Day    
 Musetta: Lynsey Docherty
 Rodolfo: Leonel Pinheiro  
Marcello: Timothy Connor 
Colline: Matt Buswell    
Schaunard: Nathan Morrison    

Act 3 Outside a tavern at the Barrière d’Enfer, Paris

Act 4 The student’s garret in the Latin Quarter 

Tickets: £25 - £30

Tickets for Aeolian Court:
"Dandelion": 01626 859333/853502

Tickets for Royal Albert Memorial Museum:
Box Office: 01392 265858
Online Booking: RAMM Website

Tickets for Dartington Great Hall:
Box Office: 01803 847070

Full Details: Devon Opera Website

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