Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Clifton Cathedral
Clifton Park



Georges BizetCarmen: Prelude
Giuseppe VerdiLa Traviata, Act 1: Prelude
Richard WagnerDer fliegender Hollander: Spinning chorus
Pyotr TchaikovskyEugene Onegin, Op.24: Waltz with Chorus 'Vot tak syurpriz!'
Gaetano DonizettiDon Pasquale: 'Tornami a dir'
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLe Nozze di Figaro: 'Voi che sapete'
Giuseppe VerdiLa Traviata: 'Libiamo ne'lieti calici'
Aleksandr BorodinPrince Igor: Polovtsian Dances
~ Interval ~
Giuseppe VerdiRigoletto: Quartetto 'Un di, se ben rammentomi' and 'Bella figlia dell'amore'
Gaetano DonizettiL'elisir d'amore: 'Una furtiva lagrima'
Ludwig Van BeethovenFidelio, Op.72: Act 1, Prisoner's Chorus 'O welche Lust'
Giuseppe VerdiNabucco: Va, pensiero
Georges BizetCarmen: Aria 'Les tringles de sistres tintes'
Pietro MascagniCavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo
Henry PurcellDido and Aeneas: 'Ah! Belinda, when I am laid in earth'
Richard WagnerTristan and Isolde, Act 3: Isolde's Liebestod
Georges BizetCarmen: Act 4, 'Les voici! Voici la quadrille!'


Rebecca Evans – Soprano
Hanna-Liisa Kirchin – mezzo-soprano
William Wallace – Tenor
Edward Jowle – baritone
Peter Wilde – Narrator
William Goodchild – Conductor
Aimee Cottam – Leader

Bristol Symphony Orchestra
City of Bristol Choir

Programme Note

From Beethoven to Bizet, from Verdi to Wagner, come and hear some of the greatest overtures, arias and choruses ever composed, and experience the operatic story as never before.

A Night at the Opera, presented by Bristol Symphony Orchestra, the City of Bristol Choir and a quartet of professional operatic soloists, will create its own unique operatic story using the music of the great operatic composers. With over 150 performers this will be an operatic extravaganza the like of which Bristol has never seen before.

Our story will not be logical, operatic tales never are, but the audience will enjoy a journey of great intensity, allowing our performers to share all the most powerful human emotions. Few will avoid a tear or a tingle down the spine during our switchback ride through the world of opera.

The magic of opera lies in the telling of a story. Opera was the original complete art form with musicians and singers combining to act out the story in the most powerful and passionate way possible.

Opera lovers will recognise much familiar music but there will be some less familiar moments too. If you think you don’t like opera, come and try it out – we’re sure you’ll be converted by the end of the evening!

Experience a rare and exciting performance full of mystery, passion and drama!

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