Bastien et Bastienne

Opera in the Q - operatic highlights by Bellini, Mozart, Dvořák, Gounod, Leoncavallo and Puccini

MOZART Bastien et Bastienne (staged production)
starring Jenny Liu, Joel Scott and Andrew Williams
Catherine Terracini, Director
Paul Terracini, Conductor

Operatic highlights by Bellini, Mozart, Dvořák, Gounod, Leoncavallo and Puccini, featuring soprano Ayse Göknur Shanal and Opera Australia tenor, Martin Buckingham.

Bastienne, a simple shepherdess, fears that her lover, Bastien, has forsaken her, and seeks comfort among her flock of sheep. A village magician persuades her, however, that her lover’s apparent loss of interest is but fleeting. He counsels her to win back Bastien’s attentions by “playing hard to get”. At the same time he piques Bastien’s jealousy by suggesting to him that Bastienne has a new love interest. After melodramatic antics that include some bogus spells and a suicide threat, the two are finally reconciled. Written in 1768 at the age of twelve, this one-act Singspiel is thought to have been commissioned by the Viennese physician Dr Franz Mesmer – he of “mesmerising” fame – and first performed in his private theatre before being largely neglected for over a century. Despite his youth, Mozart’s score already displays a fine mastery of vocal writing and a talent for whimsical parody.

The program’s second half features favourite arias and orchestral highlights from operas by Bellini (Norma), Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro), Gounod (Faust), Dvořák (Rusalka), Puccini (Tosca and La Bohème) and Leoncavallo (I Pagliacci).

 

All tickets $55

Penrith Symphony Orchestra is a member of the Companion Card Scheme, which enables eligible people with disability to obtain a free second ticket for their companion. Please ask the box office staff for details, or visit www.companioncard.gov.au for further information.

  • Saturday, Nov 22 2014 8:00pm

MOZART Bastien et Bastienne (staged production)
starring Jenny Liu, Joel Scott and Andrew Williams
Catherine Terracini, Director
Paul Terracini, Conductor

Operatic highlights by Bellini, Mozart, Dvořák, Gounod, Leoncavallo and Puccini, featuring soprano Ayse Göknur Shanal and Opera Australia tenor, Martin Buckingham.

Bastienne, a simple shepherdess, fears that her lover, Bastien, has forsaken her, and seeks comfort among her flock of sheep. A village magician persuades her, however, that her lover’s apparent loss of interest is but fleeting. He counsels her to win back Bastien’s attentions by “playing hard to get”. At the same time he piques Bastien’s jealousy by suggesting to him that Bastienne has a new love interest. After melodramatic antics that include some bogus spells and a suicide threat, the two are finally reconciled. Written in 1768 at the age of twelve, this one-act Singspiel is thought to have been commissioned by the Viennese physician Dr Franz Mesmer – he of “mesmerising” fame – and first performed in his private theatre before being largely neglected for over a century. Despite his youth, Mozart’s score already displays a fine mastery of vocal writing and a talent for whimsical parody.

The program’s second half features favourite arias and orchestral highlights from operas by Bellini (Norma), Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro), Gounod (Faust), Dvořák (Rusalka), Puccini (Tosca and La Bohème) and Leoncavallo (I Pagliacci).

 

All tickets $55

Penrith Symphony Orchestra is a member of the Companion Card Scheme, which enables eligible people with disability to obtain a free second ticket for their companion. Please ask the box office staff for details, or visit www.companioncard.gov.au for further information.

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