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    2010 Dido and Aeneas by Purcell

    Feb 01, 2010

    Act 1 Dido’s court The opera opens with Dido in her court with her attendants. Belinda is trying to cheer up Dido, but Dido is full of sorrow, saying ‘Peace and I are strangers grown’. Belinda believes the source of this grief to be the Trojan Aeneas, and suggests that Carthage’s troubles could be resolved by a marriage between the two. Dido and Belinda talk for a time—Dido fears that her love will make her a weak monarch, but Belinda and the Second Woman reassure her that “The hero loves as well.” Aeneas enters the court, and is at first [...]

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    2007 ‘La Boheme’ by Puccini

    Jan 30, 2010

    The story is set in Paris in the period around 1830. Act 1 In the four bohemians’ garret Marcello is painting while Rodolfo gazes out of the window. In order to keep warm, they burn the manuscript of Rodolfo’s drama. Colline, the philosopher, enters shivering and disgruntled at not having been able to pawn some books. Schaunard, the musician of the group, arrives with food, firewood, wine, cigars, and money, and he explains the source of his riches, a job with an eccentric English gentleman. The others hardly listen to his tale as they fall ravenously upon the food. Schaunard [...]

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    Welcome to the new website for Bury Court Opera

    Jan 29, 2010

    Welcome to the new website for Bury Court Opera. After a tentative start in 2007 with a BYO production of La Bohéme, we followed with our own production of Dido and Aeneas in 2010. Pooling all the experience from the exciting but steep learning-curve of our first two operas we were able to create a very successful and moving production of Rigoletto this year. Doing Rigoletto convinced us that ‘grand’ opera on a small scale does really work and can even be enhanced by the intimacy of the setting. The acoustics in The Barn are surprisingly good for a building [...]

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