22nd September 2015
Irina Bozhenko, who has starred in operas across the globe, and will be making guest appearances in the leading role of Violetta, for performances in Harrogate, Llandudno, Blackburn, Darlington, Stockport and York.
|Mon||28-Sep||Harrogate, Royal Hall||01423 502 116|
|Tue||29-Sep||Llandudno, Venue Cymru||01492 872 000|
|Fri||02-Oct||Stockport, The Plaza||01614 777 779|
|Sun||04-Oct||Blackburn, King Georges Hall||0844 847 1664|
|Tue||06-Oct||Darlington, Civic Theatre||01325 486 555|
|Wed||07-Oct||York, Barbican||0844 854 2757|
How old were you when you realised that you wanted to be an Opera singer?
I used to sing in kinder garden and then in school where I was part of the school choir. I went through a stage of trying to be like Whitney Huston. Especially, I used to love singing when I did chores at home.
What do you do after a performance?
We have a tradition with the cast – After any premiere we get together to celebrate and discuss the performance. We are all together in it, rehearsals, stress, and performances, so it’s important to share the feelings with each other and get it out of your chest.
I have met some Opera singers that would wake up in the middle of the night to go through their lines. How do you separate work from home?
I never bring my work home. Although sometimes if I can’t get things right I moan to my husband. He is a good musician so he understands what I am talking about.
What do you like doing in your free time?
I like to cook and being outside. Nothing extraordinary. Being surrounded by nature calms me down. It’s important for me to switch off at the right moment. We give so much emotion on stage it’s vital to recharge.
If you could, what message will you give to the audience?
Don’t be shy to show your emotions, it is really important for us. At the end of the day we are singing for you!
The opera is being performed by The Russian State Opera as part of the company’s UK wide opera tour from September to mid October 2015.
For information and tickets for La Traviata, please visit amande-concerts.co.uk/la-traviata
23rd April 2015
Book your tickets early for one of Verdi’s greatest operas, La Traviata
presented by The Russian State Ballet and Opera House and performed to a large live Orchestra.
‘Always top quality shows from this producer’- Stage Talk Magazine
‘An authentic, real and professional experience’ – Northern Echo
This haunting tragedy with its beautiful arias will transport you into the world in which it is set.
Giuseppe Verdi brings the beguiling splendour and gaiety of mid-19th century Parisian life to the stage. But there is also heartbreak and pathos in this tragic and resonant morality tale in which Violetta, a high-society courtesan with a heart of gold, sacrifices everything for the man she loves.
Please follow this link to read more about the history and how La Traviata came to the stage and to life!
It is a deeply moving opera filled with emotion and strokes of genius.
Book online www.opera-tickets.co.uk or call the Theatre Box Office
Please book your ticket(s) early to get the best seats, as the performance is likely to sell out quickly.
|10-Sep-15||7.30pm||Playhouse||Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS||01279 431 945|
|11-Sep-15||7.30pm||Lyceum Theatre||Heath Street, Crewe, CW1 2DA||01270 368 242|
|12-Sep-15||7.30pm||Theatre Royal||Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ||01522 519 999|
|13-Sep-15||7.30pm||The Cresset||Rightwell, Peterborough, PE3 8DX||01733 265705|
|15-Sep-15||7.30pm||The Spa||South Bay, Scarborough, YO11 2HD||01723 821 888|
|16-Sep-15||7.30pm||Wyvern Theatre||Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN||01793 524 481|
|17-Sep-15||7.30pm||Buxton Opera House||Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN||0845 127 2190|
|18-Sep-15||7.30pm||The Hawth||Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ||01293 553636|
|19-Sep-15||7.30pm||Town Hall||Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE||01255 686 633|
|20-Sep-15||7.30pm||Gordon Craig Theatre||Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ||01438 363 200|
|21-Sep-15||7.30pm||Dorking Halls||Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG||01306 88 17 17|
|22-Sep-15||7.30pm||Towngate Theatre||St Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1DW||01268 465 465|
|23-Sep-15||7.30pm||Octagon Theatre||Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX||01935 422 884|
|24-Sep-15||7.30pm||The Alban Arena||Civic Centre, St Albans, AL1 3LD||01727 844 488|
|25-Sep-15||7.45pm||Everyman Theatre||7-10 Regent Steet, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ||01242 572 573|
|26-Sep-15||7.45pm||Everyman Theatre||7-10 Regent Steet, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ||01242 572 573|
|27-Sep-15||7.30pm||Theatre Severn||Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8FT||01743 281 281|
|28-Sep-15||7.30pm||Harrogate Theatre||Oxford Street , Harrogate, HG1 1QF||01423 502 116|
|29-Sep-15||7.30pm||Venue Cymru||The Promenade, Llandudno , LL30 1BB||01492 872 000|
|30-Sep-15||7.30pm||The Bath Hall||Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 7RG||0844 854 2776|
|01-Oct-15||7.30pm||Forum Theatre||Town Centre, Billingham, TS23 2LJ||01642 552 663|
|02-Oct-15||7.30pm||Plaza||Mersey Square, Stockport, SK1 1SP||01614 777 779|
|04-Oct-15||7.30pm||King George’s Hall||Northgate, Blackburn, BB2 1AA||0844 847 1664|
|06-Oct-15||7.30pm||Civic Theatre||Parkgate, Darlington, DL1 1RR||01325 486 555|
|07-Oct-15||7.30pm||York Barbican||Paragon St, York, YO10 4AH||0844 854 2757|
|08-Oct-15||7.30pm||White Rock Theatre||White Rock , Hastings, TN34 1JX||01424 462 288|
|09-Oct-15||7.30pm||Stafford Gatehouse||Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LT||01785 619080|
|10-Oct-15||7.30pm||Floral Pavilion||Marina Parade, New Brighton, CH45 2JS||0151 666 0000|
|11-Oct-15||7.30pm||Victoria Theatre||Fountain Street, Halifax, HX1 1BP||01422 351 158|
|12-Oct-15||7.30pm||Pomegranate Theatre||Corporation Street, Chesterfield, S41 7XT||01246 345 222|
09th January 2015
RIGOLETTO – A tragic tale of misunderstanding, revenge and sacrifice
Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, and based on the play “Le Roi s’amuse” by Victor Hugo.
Verdi was commissioned to write a new opera by La Fenice opera house in Venice in 1850.
By this time he was already a well-known composer and had a degree of freedom in choosing the works he would prefer to set to music.
Verdi enthused over Victor Hugo’s play.
Often described as Verdi’s first work of complete genius, Rigoletto is particularly noted for its subtle and highly original characterisation, especially in the case of the tragic court jester, Rigoletto himself.
Verdi, who felt a special sympathy for any sort of social outcast, was particularly moved by the idea of a clown outwardly ugly and ridiculous, but inwardly full of passion and love for his young daughter who has been seduced by a callous nobleman.
It was a highly controversial subject, and Hugo himself had already had trouble with censorship in France, which had banned production of his play after its first performance nearly twenty years earlier.
From the beginning Verdi was aware of the risks, as was Piave.
At the beginning of the summer of 1850, rumours started to spread that Austrian censorship was going to forbid the production. The censors considered the Hugo work to verge on lèse majesté and would never permit such a scandalous work to be performed in Venice.
In August, Verdi and Piave prudently retired to Busseto, Verdi’s hometown, to continue the composition and prepare a defensive scheme. They wrote to the theatre, assuring that the censors’ doubts about the morality of the work were not justified, but since very little time was left, very little could be done. At the time, Piave and Verdi has titled the opera La Maledizione (The Curse) and this unofficial title was used by Austrian censor in an emphatic letter written in December 1850 in which he definitely denied consent to its production.
Verdi then decided to have direct negotiations with censors, arguing over each and every point of the work. By January 1851 the parties were able to agree that the action of the opera would be moved from the royal court of France to a duchy of France or Italy and some of the characters would have to be renamed. By January, the opera’s definitive title had become Rigoletto.
Verdi finally completed the composition of the opera on 5 February 1851, a little more than a month before the premiere.
When Verdi wrote Rigoletto, the composer, singers and conductor were in charge of the production and a scenic artist created the sets and costumes – there was no such thing as an opera producer.
The singers were given some of their music to learn on 7 February. However, Verdi kept at least a third of the score at Busseto. He brought it with him when he arrived in Venice for the rehearsals on 19 February and would continue to refine the orchestration during the rehearsal period.
Composers often ‘borrowed’ tunes from earlier operas to fit their current works, but this practice had to be employed judiciously. If the same tune was heard twice in the same town, the audience made their objections known vociferously.
Verdi was very conscious, therefore, while rehearsing the premiere of Rigoletto that the catchiest tune might be spread around the town before the performance and Verdi would be derided as a cheat. So he kept his tenor who was to sing the tune in suspense until the last minute before letting him see it. The composer also demanded maximum secrecy from the rest of the cast, orchestra and theatre staff . La donna è mobile thus went on to be the hit of the opera !
Rigoletto was a great box-office success for La Fenice and Verdi’s first major Italian triumph since the 1847 premiere of Macbeth in Florence.
To find where we are performing, please follow this link http://amande-concerts.co.uk/rigoletto/tickets/