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Opera Entertainment at Fenwick Newcastle

20th May 2011

We just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who stopped by to listen to our opera singers who were performing for Armani in Fenwick, Newcastle. It was great to attract such big crowds, receive such rapturous applause and lovely to hear that you enjoyed the performance so much. For those of you who were keen to find out what repertoire was sung by our soprano and mezzo soprano, we thought we would list it in our blog – along with some background on some of the arias:

Duet: Belle Nuit ("Barcarolle") from "The Tales of Hoffman" by Offenbach
The Opera tells of the bizarre adventure of the poet Hoffman and his tragic quest for love. On his travels he meets three beautiful women, but each encounter has a tragic ending. Set in a Venetian palace, the beautiful courtesan Giulietta holds a party and guests sing the romantic Barcarolle. Originally derived from the songs of the Venetian gondoliers, the term barcarolle has come to describe boat songs in general, whether arranged for voice or instrument. A major characteristic of the “barcarolle” is its steady flowing rhythm.

Soprano solo: “Deh, Vieni No Tardar” from the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart
Soprano solo:”O Mio Babbino Caro” from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini
Mezzo-soprano solo: “Habanera” from Carmen by Bizet
Mezzo-soprano solo: “Mon Coeur S’Ouvre A Ta Voix” from Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saens
Duet: “Viens, Mallika, Les Lianes en Fleurs (Flower Duet) from Lakme by Delibes
This duet is familiar to many thanks to the British Airways adverts. Lakme is an exotically tragic opera. The story is along the same lines as Puccini’s Madam Butterfly, except that the British Officer in Lakme is not quite as despicable as Pinkerton. He does intend to bring harm to the Indian girl who has captivated his affections, but cultural differences doom the relationship in spite of his good intentions. In the garden Lakme and Mallika begin a dreamy duet in praise of the beauty around them.
Soprano solo: “Ave Maria” by Schubert
Soprano solo: “Ich Liebe Dich” by Grieg
Duet: Pur Ti Miro, Pur Ti Godo” from L’Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi
Soprano solo: “Ach Ich Fuhls” from The Magic Flute by Mozart
Hearing the playing of Tamino’s flute, Pamina finds and meets him. Her heart is broken when he refuses to speak to her, not knowing that he has taken a vow of silence in order to pass a test and win her love. When she approaches him and he ignores her, she sings one of the most beautiful pieces of music in the Magic Flute and perhaps in all of Mozart’s operas. The accompaniment presses forward as if a desperate heart is beating and when coupled with the lyrical line, shows us Pamina’s pain and longing for Tamino.
Mezzo-soprano solo: “Amarilli” by Caccini
Mezzo-soprano solo: “Se Tu M’Ami” by Pergolesi
Soprano solo: “Ave Maria” by Bach
Soprano solo: “ Du Ring An Meinem Finger” by Schumann
Mezzo-soprano solo: “O Del Mio Dolce Ardor” by Gluck
Mezzo –soprano solo: “Nel Cor Piu Non Mi Sento” Paisiello