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Opera Weekender

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Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12 November

Celebrating our critically-acclaimed exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, join us for a spectacular weekend of live performances, screenings, pop-up events and fascinating talks.

Most events are free and there’s something for every taste and age group, so come down and enjoy the show!

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Weekender Line-up
Screening: Garsington Opera presents Handel’s Semele
Friday 10 & Saturday 11 November
18.00 – 19.00
Featuring some of Handel’s most exquisitely beautiful music, with soaring choruses and splendid orchestral writing, Semele is a touching and humorous opera.

V&A Opera Residents Open Studio
Friday 10 November
18.00- 20.00
Visit our first Opera Residents Metta Theatre and learn more about the new opera “Roles” they are developing during their residency. Created in collaboration with composer Oliver Brignall, “Roles” will explore canonical female characters while emancipating them from the historically male gaze.

Friday 10 November
18.45- 19.30
Join early music quartet TETRA for a programme of Renaissance and Baroque music from England and France, in the beautiful setting of the Santa Chiara Chapel.

Screening: Garsington Opera presents: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro
Friday 10 November
Come and watch Figaro and Susanna's crazy day as created by Garsington Opera in filmed highlights from Mozart's Viennese master piece.

Workshop: Streetwise Opera
Saturday 11 November, 11.00 – 12.00
Join Streetwise Opera for a fun singing and acting workshop exploring The Marriage of Figaro... with a twist! Sing opera choruses, transform yourself into different characters and learn more about opera. Everyone is welcome and no experience needed.

Family Art Fun: Pop-up Performance – The Music Maestro
Saturday 11 November
11.00, 13.00 & 15.00
Travel from Europe to London and take part in the inspiring story of George Frederick Handel, the famous 18th century composer.
This is a promenade performance which moves around the museum.

Screening: The Cunning Little Vixen
Saturday 11 November
11.15- 12.45
In this innovative and award-winning BBC animated film adaptation of Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, we enter the long-ago and faraway world of Vixen Sharp Ears. The screening will be introduced by animation director Geoff Dunbar and producer Rodney Wilson, and followed by a Q&A session.

Royal College of Music pop up performance
Saturday 11 November
Join Colombian soprano Julieth Lozano from the Royal College of Music’s International Opera School for performances around the museum.

Birth of an Opera House
Saturday 11 November, 13.00 – 14.00
Join the team behind Grange Park Opera and discover how through an incredible combination of circumstances, hard work and an inspirational funding drive, a 700 seater U-shaped opera house – the first in the UK for generations – was planned and built in just 22 months.

The Art of the Prima Donna
Saturday 11 November
16.00 – 17.00
Why does the world swoon at the sound and sight of prima donnas? What is so special about these extraordinary creatures of the stage? Join scholar Matteo Augello as he tries to answer these questions through a performance-come-lecture bringing 400 years of opera history back to life.

Family Art Fun: Drop-in Design – Masquerade Masks
Sunday 12 November
Be inspired by the Europe 1600 – 1815 galleries, including a painting of an incredible procession, The Ommegang. See the amazing colours, curious costumes and create your own mask design.

Hospital Passion Play
Sunday 12 November
Hochhauser auditorium, Sackler centre
Free, ticketed
A live choral performance with inserts from the Stroke rehabilitation wards of London and beyond. An arts and health collaboration between artists, medical professionals, vocal groups and patients led by Lucinda Jarrett (Rosetta Life), Directed by Karen Gillingham (Garsington Opera) and composed by Orlando Gough.

Exhibition sponsored by Societe Generale
In collaboration with Royal Opera House
Sound Partner Bowers & Wilkins

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