Now an established annual highlight in East Devon’s classical music calendar, this year’s Honiton Festival Opera Gala promises to bring a dash of Russian romance to a fresh spring evening.
Four soloists from the English Touring Opera will perform arias by Tchaikovsky and his compatriots. The programme includes excerpts from The Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin; Tatyana’s famous Letter Aria, Onegin’s Aria, and Lensky’s Kuda Kuda (How Far Away You Seem Now).
Eugene Onegin is a powerful, nostalgic opera about youth, and the effect of youthful decisions. First love, lost love, jealousy, regret – all are there. With heartfelt arias heightened by Tchaikovsky’s melody, rich orchestration and drama, Eugene Onegin is the opera for romantics of all ages.
Honiton Festival Opera’s Romantic Russian Evening with English Touring Opera takes place on Friday, March 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15, £13.50, £12 and £9 (£9 seats unreserved with some restricted vision). Call 01404 43716 to book.
Annual May Honiton Festival May 10-31, 2012
May 10 – The Callino Quartet (and reception at Cotleigh Manor)
May 12 – Jacqui Dankworth
May 18 – Lars Tharp (Antiques Presentation)
May 19 – Melvyn Tan
May 25 – Tim Lowe & James Baillieu
May 31 – European Union Chamber Orchestra featuring Marie Langrishe and Andrew Harvey