This week, Milton Keynes Theatre is graced with the Glyndebourne Tour 2017. We had the pleasure of attending Il Barbiere Di Siviiglia last night and will be attending Hamlet on Friday evening. A second performance of Cosi Fan Tutte is on tonight and another of Il Barbiere Di Siviglia on Saturday.
‘Founded in 1934 by John Christie and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, Glyndebourne is committed to presenting opera of the highest quality, commissioning new work, developing new talent and reaching new audiences’. The group includes the usual Sopranos, Baritones and Tenors as well as the Glyndebourne Chorus and an outstanding Orchestra. You’re entering another world when you go to the Opera, they are classical, elegant, sophisticated and worlds apart from our modern-day musicals (which are fantastic in their own rights!) Of course, a lot of theatre productions and musicals today will have originated or taken influences from the classical shows, plays and music from throughout history and it’s wonderful to see and appreciate such talent in this particular discipline today.
The singers/actors and musicians have such refined skills, voices and talents, there were certainly a few goose-pimples when the amazing Soprano, Laura Verrecchia hit the high and very loud notes. The stage set was magical as were the sound and costumes.
The stories in Operas are usually quite simple and split between two acts, often with light humour and hints of tragedy in the form of heartache, a death or misfortunes. Cosi Fan Tutti (all women are like that) is a love story of sorts with young men playing games with their fiancés to see if they will be unfaithful as women are ‘fickle’. Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (Barber of Seville) is another tale of love with star-crossed lovers trying to find a way to be together and of course Hamlet is adapted from Shakespeare’s classic play.
If you love Opera, theatre or have never seen an Opera, we would highly recommend heading to MK Theatre this week and see for yourselves, the appreciation and applause from the audience is unlike anything else you will experience. Tickets from www.atgtickets.com