June - 'The Huguenots'
Joan Sutherland’s farewell performance in Giacomo Meyerbeer’s The Huguenots at the Sydney Opera House in 1990 is available on YouTube and was the selection for June. Great singing and staging - an emotional night for all her fans. (2022...Unfortunately this version is not on YouTube now - however this is a beautiful production featuring Sutherland...)
The story culminates in the historical St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572 in which thousands of French Huguenots (Protestants) were slaughtered by Catholics in an effort to rid France of Protestant influence. Although the massacre was a historical event, the rest of the action primarily concerns the love between the Catholic Valentine and the Protestant Raoul. Both are caught up in the violence and choose to die together at the end.
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Opera - four wonderful seasons with Meg Dillon
'Opera - On the Dark Side' (2016)
'In the Mood for Opera' (which included 19th Century favourties) (2017)
'Exploring New Operas' (when most operas were based on twentieth century novels or events') (2018)
'A Night at the Opera - French Style', which explored some of the great nineteenth century French composers like Berlioz, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc who were interested in opera as a musical form. Lovely arias, tuneful music, great singers and performances. (2019)
Scroll through these pages to enjoy, and for those who attended, reminisce about, four courses offered by Meg Dillon, supported by Terry, at their home, DVDs of the best possible versions were screened with subtitles in English. Limited to 10 members, participants received a synopsis of the story in the week prior to screening.
Thank you so much, Meg! What a truly wonderful program you developed for our members!
Convenor & Contact Details
Meg Dillon 5762 6558
2nd Wednesdays from 7.00 pm - Semester 1 only in 2018.
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