BOpS presents BOpSFest presents Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' and Mozart's 'The Impresario'

BOpSFest: rehearsed, produced, and put together in only a month! For two days, October 25th - 26th, Bristol University Operatic Society are taking over the Anson Rooms of the student union! The first night, we are showcasing two chamber operas, Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' and Mozart's 'The Impresario'. And what's more, the whole festival is free for BOpS members!

PURCELL'S 'DIDO AND AENEAS'

Purcell's classic tragedy follows the passionate love between Dido, Queen of Catharge (Florence Pettet), and Aenaes (Julian Issa), a Trojan Prince. Despite their passions, the pair are deceived by evil forces! A chorus of witches under the control of malevolent sorceress (Matthew Paine) stand in the way of their true love...

MOZART'S 'THE IMPRESARIO'

'The Impresario' is a comic chamber opera satirising the rivalries, the egos and the divas of show business. The title 'impresario' character of Monsieur Vogelsang (Tom Castle) seeks to cast the lead of a new opera, and when two rival sopranos, Mademoiselle Silverklang (Anna Fitzgerald) and Madame Herz (Harim Oh), are both going for the same role, there is bound to be drama... Both trying to out-sing the other, both flirting profusely with the director! With some comically difficult arias, this promises to be a fantastic production!

Your ticket to BOpSFest entitles you to attend all of the Anson Room events occuring over the two days of BOpSFest! (October 25th/ October 26th)

ARIAS MASTERCLASS WITH INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL ANGELA HICKEY: 11am - 1pm

To kick off our Saturday events, six of Bristol University Operatic Society’s finest singers will be taking part in an arias masterclass with professional opera singer Angela Hickey, who has appeared as a principle soloist with The Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne, to name a few! This is an open event to which anyone with a BOpSFest ticket can attend, and will be highly beneficial and enjoyable for singers, musicians, instrumentalists and opera lovers alike!

OPERATIC LUNCHTIME CONCERT: 1:15pm - 2pm

In a cabaret - like set up, BOpSFest presents the very best of Bristol University operatic talent, with our six singers, having just perfected their arias with Angela Hickey, taking to the stage to bring you highlights from Mozart's 'The Magic Flute', and other operatic favorites. In an relaxed and laid back setting, this promises to be a highlight event of the festival!

PRIVATE CINEMATIC SCREENING OF 2011 ROH PRODUCTION OF PUCCINI'S 'TOSCA': 2:30pm - 5:45pm

To end of weekend of festivities with a bang, BOpSFest brings you a private screening of the 2011 Royal Opera House production of Puccini's 'Tosca'. Featuring Angela Gheorghiu as Floria Tosca, Jonas Kaufmann as Mario Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Baron Scarpia, this cast of singing giants is sure to bring the Anson Room crowds into floods of tears. So sit back, and relax to the beauty of Puccini's music.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at all of our events! A Bristol University first, BOpSFest 2013 is sure to make its mark on the Bristol Opera scene, and create a legacy for years to come!

Anson Rooms

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Audience Warnings:

  • It is illegal to use recording equipment during this performance.

Credits

Directed by Rosie Purdie
Produced by Charlie Morris
Musical Direction Ben Westerman & Adam Berman
Written By Purcell / Mozart
Choreography Rosie Purdie
Stage Manager Charlie Anderson
Chief Electrician Joe Hacker
Deputy Stage Manager Zoe Davies
Sound Engineer Morgan Atkins