How could anyone resist an opera that opens with a tragicomic funeral for a deceased parrot held by the pupils of a girls’ convent school? The girls – this is a French convent so they know a thing or two – decide that their beloved pet must be replaced in some form and select the hopelessly innocent young man Valentin to be the happy recipient of all the doting attention they used to lavish on the parrot.
In the experienced hands of director Martin Duncan (Il Turco in Italia, Garsington Opera 2011), we present a new translation of this enchanting work by conductor David Parry. Full of intoxicating melody and sparkling wit, this continuation of our Offenbach thread is the “Mozart of the Champs-Élysées” at his most charming.
7, 9, 14, 19, 24, 26 June and 3, 9 July 2014
Start time – 6.15pm
Monday 9 June – 4.45pm
LISTEN TO OPERA EXTRACTS
Listen to an extract from from the ‘Overture’.
Listen to an extract from Act 1.
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Conductor David Parry
Director Martin Duncan
Designer Francis O’Connor
Valentin/Vert-Vert Robert Murray
Mimi Fflur Wyn
La Corilla Naomi O’Connell
Mademoiselle Paturelle Yvonne Howard
Baladon Geoffrey Dolton
D’Arlange Quirijn de Lang
Bergerac Andrew Glover
Binet Mark Wilde
Bellecour Alessandro Fisher
Bathilde Raphaela Papadakis
Emma Susanne Holmes
Garsington Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Sung in English
The 2014 Season is sponsored by JLT
Dates and cast may be subject to change.