We are delighted to announce the full programme for our 2018 Season, a dazzling blend of new opera productions, familiar concert favourites, acclaimed works from the age of jazz some contemporary humour and a twist of satire. The Season will open on Friday July 20th and conclude on Sunday July 29th 2018.
Bernstein's 'Candide' in a new fully staged production
2018 marks the centenary of the birth of legendary American composer Leonard Bernstein. To celebrate this landmark musical event, we present a new, fully staged production of his brilliantly witty opera comique "Candide' directed and designed by Richard Studer and conducted by Jonathan Lyness. Presented in the 1999 Royal National Theatre version, this will be a rare opportunity to see this superb work with its complete cast, charting the story of Candide and his quest to find 'the best of all possible worlds'. The production will be staged for two performances only, on Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 29th.
The first 'Madama Butterfly' at West Green House
Complementing an outstanding opera of the twentieth century, we stage one of the most classic operas for the first time ever at West Green House. 'Madama Butterfly' with its glorious Puccini score and sung in the original Italian, will be given beautiful new staging, perfect for our garden setting, by the same creative team behind 'Candide', Richard Studer and Jonathan Lyness. Currently Artistic Directors of Mid Wales Opera, Richard and Jonathan have created many acclaimed and original productions for West Green, including 'The Marriage of Figaro' and 'Ariadne auf Naxos' in 2015 and 'Un ballo in maschera' in 2017. Two performances of 'Madama Butterfly' will take place, on Thursday July 26th and Saturday July 28th. This programming will enable audiences to attend both Candide and Madama Butterfly on consecutive nights, Saturday July 28th and Sunday July 29th.
The caustic satire and engaging melodies of Offenbach's 'Ba-ta-clan' made it one of his first commercial and popular successes when it was premiered in 1855. In the hands of the team that staged the acclaimed 'Rita' in our 2016 Season, director Morag Joss and conductor James Sherlock, audiences can expect a contemporary take on a witty tale, wrapped in some wonderfully melodic music. Performances take place on Wednesday July 25th at 7.30pm and Saturday July 28th at 1.30pm.
Witty, wise, devillishly well connected and the ultimate raconteur, broadcaster, columnist, former MP and founder of the unique Teddy Bear Museum, Gyles Brandreth comes to West Green for lunch on Thursday July 26th. Focusing in particular on the theatrical elements of his varied and high profile career, expect gossip, insight, moments of sadness and a lot of laughter.
The West Green House Opera Season includes two Midday Music concerts on Sunday July 22nd and Sunday July 29th, featuring performers from all our operas, choosing programmes of music that are personally special to them, presented in the lovely setting of our Lakefield Pavilion. An ideal family concert and an excellent way to enjoy fine singing away from the spotlight of the opera stage, audiences are welcome to picnic in the gardens after each concert.