Friends Trip to Blackwater Valley Opera Festival 2020
We are delighted to be heading back to the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival for the third year. This year, Friends of Chester Beatty will be treated to not one, but two stunning operas in the majestic grounds of Lismore Castle:
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini): In this hilarious farce, the Donati family is mourning the passing of their patriarch, Buoso. Their tears, however, are not real – that is, not until the Donatis discover Buoso has bequeathed his fortune to a monastery. Frantic, they call upon Gianni Schicchi to help them re-write Buoso’s will. In a series of comedic hijinks and one over-the-top scheme, the family succeeds in having the will re-written. However, the Donatis are in for another surprise: when the will is read, they discover that Schicchi has left the bulk of the fortune to himself.
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo): A dramatic tale of love and betrayal, Pagliacci revolves around a commedia del arte troupe. Married couple Canio and Nedda are the troupe leads along with Tonio and Beppe. Trouble in paradise comes in the form of Nedda’s secret affair with Silvio. Fearing what her jealous husband may do, Nedda attempts to end her relationship with Silvio but, instead, he convinces her to run away with him. Before the lovers can flee, the married Tonio confesses that he, too, is in love with Nedda.
Wednesday night double bill Opera in Lismore Castle
3-course dinner by Eunice Power with wine
Thursday Opera Chorus in Villierstown Church with lunch
Transfers to concerts
Accommodation in the Walter Raleigh Hotel