Puccini Gala 2017
Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November 7.30pm: Thornton Little Theatre.
Fleetwood Rd North Thornton FY5 3SZ Book Tickets Here
Wednesday 15th November 7.30pm: St Bede’s Catholic High School.
Talbot Rd, Lytham FY8 4JL Tickets available in advance (01253 696990) or on the door
Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi is his comic masterpiece and is awash with wit, melody and comic invention. “O mio babbino caro” (Oh, my beloved daddy) invariably stops the show. How eternal is the greed surrounding the reading of the last will and testament after the demise of an elderly, rich relative? Meet the chaotic family of Buoso Donati scheming how to change the will in their own favour and finding everything goes spectacularly wrong when they rely on Gianni Schicchi, a local Arthur Daley, to do their dirty work for them.
The second part of our tribute to Puccini will consist of some of the most famous and beloved arias and duets of all time. Enjoy the romance of the students of La Bohème, the tragedy of Madam Butterfly and the coldness of the princess who vows that None shall sleep (Nessun dorma) until the name of the prince is known.
Sunday 20th November 2.30pm Settle Victoria Hall
Thursday 24th November 7.30pm Thornton Little Theatre
Friday 25th November 7.30pm Thornton Little Theatre
Sunday 4th December 2.30pm Kendal Town Hall
Friday 13th January 7.30pm Preston Charter Theatre
Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Johann Strauss is probably the greatest and most popular operetta in the world. It perfectly combines bubbling melodies with an hilariously, ridiculous plot. From the first chords of the famous overture, to the final rendition of “Champagne” the bubbly flows at a hair-raising pace.
Three years previously Gabriel Esenstein dressed as a butterfly went to a fancy dress party along with his friend Dr. Falke, himself dressed as a bat. In the course of the evening, Falke got extremely drunk and the pair left together. Instead of seeing his friend tucked up safely in bed, Gabriel deposited him on a bench in the centre of town. When he awoke the townspeople were already milling around on their way to work and Falke became the laughing-stock of the town. This work should aptly be called “The Revenge of the Bat”.
Falke organises a wild party at the home of a rich Russian aristocrat. To it he invites Gabriel, who is supposed to be in prison, his wife, disguised as a Hungarian, her maid, who is supposed to be visiting her sick aunt, and the prison governor.
Watch Gabriel get into deeper and deeper trouble.
Sunday 12th June 2016 Visual Noise Arts Centre, Blackpool
Visual Noise Arts Centre, 19, Preston Old Road, Blackpool FY3 9PR
Saturday 2nd April Concert St Michael’s Church, Croston
An evening of Popular Opera and Musical Theatre with members of Musica Lirica Opera accompanied at the piano by Michael Hall Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Arthur Sullivan, Edward German, Franz Lehar, W A Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, etc.
7.30pm tickets on the door
St Michael’s and All Angels, Church Road, Croston, PR26 9HA
Sunday 3rd April Viennese Concert The White Church, Lytham
Musica Lirica Opera welcomes 2016 with a concert of the ever popular music of old Vienna. The Waltz King, Johan Strauss jr, and Franz Lehar featuring prominently.
Musica Lirica Concert Series 2016
Members of Musica Lirica Opera perform extracts of opera by Popular Composers accompanied at the piano by Michael Hall: Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, etc. including: Madam Butterfly, La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro, Il Trovatore, etc
All concerts at £7.30pm tickets on door
Saturday 23rd April Victoria Congregational Church, Blackpool
Victoria Congregational Church
42A Newton Drive Blackpool FY3 8BY
Sunday 24th April The White Church, Lytham
Fairhaven United Reformed Church
22A Clifton Drive
Lytham St Anne’s FY8 1AX
Thursday 28th April St Wulstan’s, Fleetwood
St Wulstan’s RC Church
Fleetwood, FY7 7JY
Saturday 7th May St Andrew’s, Cleveleys
St Andrew’s C of E Church
Rough Lea Road
Thornton/Cleveleys, FY5 1DP
Sunday 8th May St Michael’s, Grimsargh
St Michael’s C of E Church
Preston PR2 5SD