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"A Touch of the Sun"
will take place after the AGM 2018
Sarah Lenton Wednesday 11 July 2018

The oddest ‘star’ in opera is the Sun. Its appearance in ‘The Magic Flute’ triggers the finale when everybody dances off bathed in happy, rational daylight. But other operas are more wary about the heat. It’s the baking sun that precipitates the disastrous passions in ‘Carmen’ and ‘Aida’, and what about that moment in the year when the sun is at its strongest? Midsummer itself.

I’ll be looking at operas like ‘The Fairy Queen’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Faust’, ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg’ and especially ‘Lohengrin’ – all set at this odd time of the year, when quiet English woods and respectable German towns find themselves on the edge of fairyland.

Image from: moscowoperatickets.com From the opera Lohengrin