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Freshly out of copyright, this is groundbreaking territory for Fringe Opera in London - the works of Richard Strauss are generally reserved for major opera companies with huge orchestras and resources. Fulham Opera will put on six performances of this rarely-performed masterpiece, and, as part of our complimentary aims, we will give relaxed performances of a simplified version of the work to children from the local schools, the Music Hubs, with whom we have a new confirmed collaboration, and residents of the local care homes, who are already great fans of our work.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Fulham Opera have always been about bringing huge operas to a smaller, more intimate audience, generally in our home of St John's Church in Fulham. In August 2019 we gave four performances of Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nueremberg" - possibly the biggest opera ever written in terms of length and number of people involved. We have also given Wagner's complete Ring Cycle, three major Verdi Operas, as well as other slightly more standard works. Now, out of copyright, we turn our attention to the operas of Strauss, which we can now arrange for smaller orchestra and bring to the people in a more intimate way, telling the story in a way that people immediately understand. This, as well as bringing our art to children and the infirm. Many of the children who have seen our relaxed performances in the past have insisted their parents bring them to our main shows, and several have become opera fans in the making.
Steps to get it done:
The performances will take place on 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29th November 2020. The relaxed performance/s will take place in October, shortly before half-term. There is also an orchestral workshop on the original version of this piece that will happen on 11 & 12 July 2020, where we will workshop the original version with full orchestra, for the benefit of many of London's (and also further afield) amateur orchestral musicians, who otherwise wouldn't get the chance to play this piece.
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