A Bizet Gala Evening at Charterhouse School

A Bizet Gala including 'Don Procopio' at Charterhouse, Surrey

16 October 2016      Tickets:  £18 to £40 

Curtain Up: 18.00       Carriages: 21.00

Opera South present Bizet’s lyrical Italianate comic masterpiece ‘Don Procopio’ in the original version, which we believe will be its World Premier. The second part of our concert plays homage to Gounod, Bizet’s teacher and to Donizetti the muse for Don Procopio with famous arias from their works along with a selection from Carmen.

This gala celebration of Bizet will enchant both the seasoned opera-goer and those new to opera. This is a chance to hear some of the UK’s most brilliant rising opera singers, the Faust Chamber Orchestra and the Opera South chorus with Mark Austin conducting. We are delighted to announce that Dame Penelope Keith will be the narrator for Don Procopio.

CHARTERHOUSE

The concert will take place in the beautiful setting of the Hall at Charterhouse. Charterhouse has a long musical tradition dating back to the late 1800’s when Ralph Vaughan Williams was a pupil shortly after the school first moved out of London. Our venue, the Hall was one of the original buildings on the new site for the school and was designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield during the height of the Romantic revival. The chapel on site was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in honour of the 700 Carthusians who died in the Great War.  It is the largest war memorial in England. Scott is also famed as the designer of the iconic red phone box, which explains why, rather incongruously, there is one outside the chapel. 

FOOD & DRINK

There will be light refreshments available before the performance and during the interval. We are pleased that we will be joined by award winning local firms with Pork Pie’s made by Jake’s and Dylan’s Ice Cream. There will be an Sparkling Wine Bar offering High Clandon superb English Sparkling. The bar will offer wine and soft drinks.

A Gala Bizet Evening

THE CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Soloists: Mark Milhofer, Alex Otterburn, Margo Arsane, Henry Neill, Jon Openshaw, Simon Grange and Eve Daniell.

Music Director & Conductor: Mark Austin

Orchestra: Faust Chamber Orchestra

Chorus: The Opera South Chorus

The Narrator: Dame Penelope Keith

Sung in Italian & French

THE VENUE

For the Opera South Bizet concert the Hall will be laid out with seating on the flat (see the picture, right) and bench  (with a back and cushions) seating in the gallery, only accessible by a flight of stairs. The chorus and soloists will be on the stage and the orchestra will be in front of the stage on the flat.

THE EVENT TIMINGS

17.15  Doors Open, the bar and Opera South gift-shop will be open. (cash only).

18.00  Concert begins.

Bizet Overture: Carmen

Donizetti Don Pasquale ‘Bella siccome un angelo’

Donizetti L’elisir d’amore ‘Udite, udite’

Gounod Faust ‘Le veau d’or’

Gounod Faust Jewel Song (TBC)

Gounod Roméo et Juliette ‘Ah lève-toi soleil’

Bizet Carmen ‘Je dis que rien ne m’epouvante’

Bizet Carmen ‘Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre’

INTERVAL circa 40 minutes

Bizet Don Procopio (in the original version). We believe that this is the first time that Bizet’s pure composition has been performed.

21.00  Carriages 

TICKETS

Gallery: £18 & £20   Stalls: £36, £38 & £40.  (Booking fee £1 per person)

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About Bizet's Don Procopio

‘Don Procopio’ dates to the young Bizet’s stay in Rome, where the opera is indeed set. It was never performed in Bizet’s lifetime and the manuscript, which had not been filed with the Conservatoire, was not re-discovered until 1894. Bizet had hunted Roman book-shops for inspiration and chose this Italian farce in the style of Don Pasquale. His tuneful score is reminiscent of Donizetti. Opera South aims to perform lesser known works from great composers, so this rarely performed opera buffa is perfectly commensurate with this.

Synposis

Act One

Bettina has been promised by her uncle, Don Andronico, against her will in marriage to a rich miser, Don Procopio, who likewise is not eager to marry.  Bettina is in love with Don Odoardo, a dashing colonel. Aided by her brother, Don Ernesto and her lover Odoardo, Bettina agrees to the marriage but makes it plain that she intends to live a lavish life-style.  The couple meet for the first time.

 Act Two

Bettina is forthright in her proclamations that she is looking forward to a married life where she will do as she wills and spend as she pleases. Don Procopio is so horrified with this prospect that he runs away despite the family’s insistence that he honour his word. Inevitably, Don Andronico relents and gives his blessing to the marriage of Bettina and Odoardo.

About Bizet's Don Procopio

‘Don Procopio’ dates to the young Bizet’s stay in Rome, where the opera is indeed set. It was never performed in Bizet’s lifetime and the manuscript, which had not been filed with the Conservatoire, was not re-discovered until 1894. Bizet had hunted Roman book-shops for inspiration and chose this Italian farce in the style of Don Pasquale. His tuneful score is reminiscent of Donizetti. Opera South aims to perform lesser known works from great composers, so this rarely performed opera buffa is perfectly commensurate with this.

Synposis

Act One

Bettina has been promised by her uncle, Don Andronico, against her will in marriage to a rich miser, Don Procopio, who likewise is not eager to marry.  Bettina is in love with Don Odoardo, a dashing colonel. Aided by her brother, Don Ernesto and her lover Odoardo, Bettina agrees to the marriage but makes it plain that she intends to live a lavish life-style.  The couple meet for the first time.

 Act Two

Bettina is forthright in her proclamations that she is looking forward to a married life where she will do as she wills and spend as she pleases. Don Procopio is so horrified with this prospect that he runs away despite the family’s insistence that he honour his word. Inevitably, Don Andronico relents and gives his blessing to the marriage of Bettina and Odoardo.

GETTING THERE

By ROAD

Charterhouse, Hurtmore Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 2DX

Princes Avenue Entrance.  Follow the signs to Hall.  Free parking. 

By TRAIN

The nearest train station is Godalming on the Waterloo to Portsmouth Line. It is 1.5 miles uphill to Charterhouse from here. We would advise pre-booking a taxi, especially for your return journey. Haslemere Station is on the Waterloo to Portsmouth Line. 

By MINIBUS

There is a minibus transfer from Petersfield, subject to availability. Please ask for details

IMPORTANT NOTES

You are advised to bring an umbrella as the wc’s are external to the venue and possibly a torch. Dress code smart-casual. High heels are not recommended if you are in the Gallery as the stairs are iron open mesh.

Please bring cash to pay for refreshments etc. Guideline prices:  Red & white wine £5 per glass, High Clandon English Sparkling Wine £7.50. Jake’s scrumptious pork pies £3.50, Dylan’s Ice cream £3 (approx), Tea & Coffee £1. Programmes £3.


Your TICKET

Your Paypal Receipt is your Ticket, please bring this with you or a mobile device that shows it. If you don’t have a smartphone and cannot print it off, just bring anything with your name on it. We know who you are!


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