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  • The Wandering Scholar & Trial by Jury

    23, 29 October, 1 November 2014

    The Wandering Scholar, the one-act chamber opera which was Holst’s final opera, was written in 1929/30 and first performed in Liverpool shortly before his death. Trial by Jury was commissioned as a short work to be played after an Offenbach comic opera in London in 1875.

  • Il Tabarro

    24, 27, 30 October 2014

    The Cloak – ‘Il Tabarro’ – is the first work in Il Trittico, Puccini’s trio of one-act operas (the other two are Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica) first performed in New York in 1918. It is a verismo melodrama set among the barges of the River Seine in 1910.

  • La Cenerentola

    25, 28, 31 October 2014 

    Cinderella, the English form of La Cenerentola, was composed in 1817, a year after The Barber of Seville, and contains some of Rossini’s most dazzling vocal writing. The complete title, Cinderella, or Goodness Triumphant, suggests there is more to the story than a handsome prince seeking a beautiful bride. 

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