Dates confirmed for Dido & Aeneas at the Museum of Somerset in partnership with the Taunton Sinfonietta
We are excited to confirm the three performance dates for Somerset Opera's production of Dido & Aeneas this summer as the 10th, 11th, and 12th of July.
We are planning to perform Purcell’s 17th-century Dido & Aeneas, next to the 4th-century Low Ham mosaic, in the Great Hall, at The Museum of Somerset. This mosaic depicts the tragic love story of Dido & Aeneas which is the oldest object in Britain that tells a complete story. The Museum of Somerset is a unique building that acts as a prism for Somerset’s rich local heritage and a gateway to the stories that the mosaic and other installations represent. This makes it the perfect venue for our show which will combine contemporary tropes and 17th century music with the story’s Roman Britain backdrop. We will explore themes of time, fate, and determinism as well as delivering the music to a professionally high standard and creating opportunities for young people to take part in and experience opera in an accessible and engaging way.
We will soon be announcing Audition details so stay tuned...
W S GILBERT? – THIS WAS YOUR LIFE!
SOMERSET OPERA MARCH 2024 TOUR
Somerset Opera are delighted to present their raucous new production of W.S Gilbert? The G&S operas are very well known, but the relationship (occasionally stormy) between playwright Gilbert and composer Sullivan in their long collaboration is sometimes overlooked. Gilbert often felt undervalued and Sullivan longed to be regarded as a much more ‘serious’ composer. Robert Traynor has put together a highly amusing ‘history’ of the partnership, using Gilbert’s own words in many places, and illustrating the whole thing with highly appropriate songs and quotations from the beloved operas throughout. D'Oyly Carte's own Robert Traynor will perform the role of Gilbert, together with soloists and chorus from Somerset Opera. The show will include familiar numbers from ten Gilbert & Sullivan Operas including The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, Patience, HMS Pinafore, Iolanthe and Gondoliers. There are over 25 numbers including ‘Three Little Maids’, Poor Wandering One, Cock & Bull, the Nightmare Song, A Wand’ring Minstrel I and I am the Very Model of a Major General.
WS Gilbert?- This Was Your Life will tour to eight venues across Somerset from 14-24 March, finishing at Taunton School at 3pm on 24 March.
Join us for a night of music and jollity and experience the story behind the stories we all know and love!
I hope you are having a lovely weekend. As promised I have written the order of the concert down below- we have had to just swap a few things round. Please arrange your music in this order before the day in black folders.
Concert dress - is black with a hint / splash of colour eg a colourful tie, jacket, scarf.
Please bare in mind that the carnival is on on Saturday.
Castle Street between the entrances to Tangier and Castle Street car parks and Tangier Way down to the junction with Wood Street will be closed to traffic from 2.00pm to allow all the entries to assemble and get ready for the evening’s show. Access to Tesco and Lidl will not be affected. Enfield car park will be closed all day.
Amy has created a wonderful narrative and will be guiding us through the concert on the day.
I wanted to thank everyone for their help and participation with this concert it is very much appreciated.
When Britain Ruled the waves
Transport of Delight
Interval of around 15 minutes
Talk from Chair
With Drooping Wings plus the Lament
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