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Dorset Opera Festival - Nabucco

Runtime: 190mins   Rating:
Priority Booking: Please login to 'My Regent Account' at the top of this page before purchasing tickets. Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi Sung in Italian..read more
Priority Booking: Please login to 'My Regent Account' at the top of this page before purchasing tickets. Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi Sung in Italian with English surtitles Runtime: 190 minutes including interval Coade Hall Theatre, Bryanston, Blandford Forum DT11 0PX Synopsis Nabucco is Verdi’s third opera and the one that cemented his reputation as a composer. Brimming with unforgettable arias and rousing choruses, none is more famous than Va, pensiero..! better known to English-speaking audiences as the ‘Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves’. The opera tells the story of how Babylonian King, Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar II), is manipulated by his adopted daughter, Abigaille (one of the most challenging and punishing roles in all opera. His real daughter, Fenena, is being held hostage by the Israelites and this being opera, we have the obligatory love triangle; Nabucco’s temporary madness after being struck by lightning and, Abigaille’s discovery of her status and subsequent elevation to the throne. Alone, near the end of the opera, Nabucco reflects on his life and, in a final attempt to purge his sins, he decides to pray to Jehovah, God of the Hebrews, whereupon his sanity is miraculously restored. He leads his armies to save Fenena and frees the Israelites. The opera ends with Abigaille taking poison and praying to Jehovah for forgiveness as she expires. The Dorset Opera Festival - in its 46th year - is the only organisation in the South West offering live Grand Opera in a country house setting. It features internationally renowned soloists, a chorus of up to 80, and a full orchestra. It offers a large marquee bar, stand-alone picnic pavilions seating up to 10, individual picnic hampers, a 4-course dinner on 25, 26 & 27 July and full afternoon tea at the matinees on 25 & 27 July. PRE-ORDER PICNIC HAMPERS FROM THE LITTLE KITCHEN COMPANY - HERE MARQUEE TABLE BOOKINGS - BOOK DIRECT HERE PRIVATE PICNIC TENT HIRE - email smh@dorsetopera.com FOR DINNER RESERVATIONS - BOOK DIRECT HERE (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only)

Dorset Opera
Dorset Opera Festival - Lucia di Lammermoor

Runtime: 190mins   Rating:
Priority Booking: Please login to 'My Regent Account' at the top of this page before purchasing tickets. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti ..read more
Priority Booking: Please login to 'My Regent Account' at the top of this page before purchasing tickets. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti Sung in Italian with English surtitles Runtime: 190 minutes including interval Coade Hall Theatre, Bryanston, Blandford Forum DT11 0PX Synopsis The tragic story of Lucia di Lammermoor is based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Bride of Lammermoor and follows the secret love affair between Lucy Ashton (Lucia) and Edgar Ravenswood (Edgardo) - members of opposing Scottish houses. Henry Ashton (Enrico), Lucia’s brother, who detests the Ravenswoods, lies to his sister telling her that Edgardo has betrayed her and married someone else. He then forces her to marry another nobleman, Arturo. Lucia is devastated and so deep in her grief that she starts to lose her sanity. Edgardo bursts in on the wedding and curses Lucia for betraying him. After the wedding, Lucia goes mad and kills Arturo in their bed chamber. Edgardo knowing nothing of her madness, agrees to a duel with Enrico and vows to kill him. In the famous Mad Scene - a magnificent vehicle for the coloratura soprano - Lucia imagines she is together with Edgardo and about to be married, but sadly, she collapses and dies. Edgardo, distraught, learns of her death and kills himself. The Dorset Opera Festival - in its 46th year - is the only organisation in the South West offering live Grand Opera in a country house setting. It features internationally renowned soloists, a chorus of up to 80, and a full orchestra. It offers a large marquee bar, stand-alone picnic pavilions seating up to 10, individual picnic hampers, a 4-course dinner on 25, 26 & 27 July and full afternoon tea at the matinees on 25 & 27 July. PRE-ORDER PICNIC HAMPERS FROM THE LITTLE KITCHEN COMPANY - HERE MARQUEE TABLE BOOKINGS - BOOK DIRECT HERE PRIVATE PICNIC TENT HIRE - email smh@dorsetopera.com FOR DINNER RESERVATIONS - BOOK DIRECT HERE (Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only)

Concert
Stompin’ At The Regent Centre: Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood

Runtime: 120mins   Rating: LIVE
Multi award winning vocalist, Jacqui Dankworth, is joined by acclaimed American pianist-vocalist, Charlie Wood, for a unique concert of duets celebrating a century of..read more
Multi award winning vocalist, Jacqui Dankworth, is joined by acclaimed American pianist-vocalist, Charlie Wood, for a unique concert of duets celebrating a century of song. Inspired by some of the great musical partnerships, such as Ray Charles & Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, George & Ira Gershwin and Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway - the concert will feature numbers including: Alone Together, Autumn In New York, It Don't Mean a Thing, A Foggy Day, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and You've Got a Friend. Tickets £19, Concessions £17 Jacqui Dankworth Given her musical pedigree – daughter of Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth - it’s no surprise that Jacqui Dankworth is regarded as one of the UK’s finest jazz vocalists. Although known primarily as a jazz singer, Dankworth was described by The Sunday Times as “one of our finest singers, regardless of category” and has collaborated with a diverse array of musicians and groups throughout her career including Marvin Hamlisch, Paloma Faith, Alan and Marilyn Bergman and Chick Corea. She is also an accomplished actress, having performed leading parts with The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre and in London West End musicals including Steven Sondheim’s Into The Woods. Charlie Wood A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Charlie Wood is a singer and keyboardist who covers all musical styles. He grew up immersed in jazz, blues, and old-school R&B soul and his career found him was touring Europe and the US with blues legend Albert King. A residency at the King's Palace Café on Beale Street found him supporting such musical luminaries as Rufus Thomas, B.B. King, George Coleman, Joey DeFrancesco, Alvin Batiste, Tony Reedus, Georgie Fame and many others who stopped by to sit in and play with the band. Now living in the UK with wife Jacqui Dankworth, Charlie continues writing, touring and recording constantly and performing concerts throughout the UK and Europe.

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