2019 / 2020 Season
The power of Musical and Classic Theatre from the World’s Great Stages.
Introduced by David Langlois
Monday, September 23 at 7.30 pm – Amazing Grace
Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm – Madama Butterfly, Royal Opera
Saturday, November 16 at 2.00 pm – The Tempest, Stratford
Saturday, December 7 at 2.00 pm – The Nutcracker, Bolshoi Ballet
January 18, La Boheme, Royal Opera
February 15, Giselle, Royal Ballet
March 30, Otello, Royal Opera
April 11, Messiah
Saturday, February 15 at 2.00 pm
Giselle is a young peasant girl courted by two suitors: Hilarion, a local man, and Albrecht, a nobleman disguised as a villager. The ghost-filled ballet tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young girl who falls for the flirtations of the deceitful and disguised nobleman Albrecht. When the ruse is revealed, the fragile Giselle dies of heartbreak, and Albrecht must face the otherworldly consequences of his careless seduction. Giselle is principally the story of a love affair. Yet it’s also a ballet about society and class. When Peter Wright mounted Giselle for the Royal Ballet in 1985, he created a masterpiece which remains the jewel in the company’s crown. This is confirmed in a performance of uncontestable greatness by Marianela Núñez. As the deceived village girl whose love endures beyond the grave and she dances with heart-rending immediacy and transparency. If the village and the nearby castle are places of inequality – and Giselle is, above all, a tale of brutal social inequality – the forest is a place of reckoning, where all are equal before nature. In the brooding, enclosing darkness of Act 2, Vadim Muntagirov reminds us that Albrecht is pursuing the eternal quest of the Teutonic hero: to tame the wilderness both within and without. He honours this notion with the nobility and sincerity of his dancing, just as Núñez bestows redemption in its purest and most luminous form.
Why do we show opera? Because it is unique in the theatre arts: comedy, tragedy, pathos, life, love, death, loss, passion, joy and anger – all in a single art form that comes closest to expressing pure emotion. The combination of dramatic narrative, stagecraft and music, and especially the range and vulnerability of the human voice, is unparalleled by any other. Come and share with us this most wonderful of human talents. David Langlois