|A great ad from one of our old programmes|
Thank you to all our Facebook page entrants who went in the running to win one of eight archival, souvenir programmes. Below are the winners and some snaps from inside these programmes. A good reminder to never let go of the ones you buy, as you're always certain to find some gems of information (or in the case of L'Incoraonazione di Poppea programme - a gem of advertising!).
Congratulations to our eight winners! Here are their entries..
|Fantastic 80s glasses on Gordon Wilcock|
Winner: Danielle Brown
The designs for productions of this show are always amazing! In particular, the costumes are just the most exceptional pieces I've ever seen. This production was before I was born. My first experience of this show was in film form, and it made me want to know how things like set design in such large spaces work and the intricacies of costuming. I've never seen it staged in reality though which is sad, but I have seen sketches, which to me are the closest thing to that. Also, who doesn't appreciate an Offenbach? Plus, coincidence, apparently the initial abridged version was originally staged on my birthday. I just found this out from a friend next to me... just saying, it's fate. You can't really argue with fate.
Winner: Lauren Holmes
I'd be happy with any of them really! but having seen final rehearsals of OA's Fidelio in 2009 and researching everything I can about the opera since then (after I fell in love with it and the romantic story), it'd be interesting to contrast the 1984 production with the one in 2009.
|We wanted to choose something serious, but|
pitchfork Pavarotti made us choose this instead.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea (1988)
Winner: Sam Yeo
L'Incoronazione di Poppea, because it was the first opera I was ever involved with. (Man, you sure know how to pick 'em...)
La fanciulla del West (1989)
Winner: Sarah-Jane Doig
La fanciulla del West, because it was the first opera I saw live, albeit many years after this production!
Così fan tutte (1990)
Winner: Jamie-Lee MacDonald
This Opera was what inspired me many years ago to pursue my Career in music further. I love Mozarts Playfulness and constant energy in the score; and I was Born in 1990 so this program is already fated to be with me.
Eugene Onegin (1990)
Winner: Paolo SmithMy favourite opera! Tchaikovsky uses the unique structure of the opera to his advantage painting three different musical scenes, gripping! He also shows off the potential of the different classical voices, beautiful arias for S,A,T,Br&Bs. Lensky's aria shows that a tenor aria doesn't need to blow you out of your seats to be awe-inspiring. The characters in the plot are all 'real' and 3 dimensional, we can understand their motives and feel moved as their lives and selves are unfolded. Plus Tchaikovsky's own voice can be heard in much of Onegin's libretto: "Were I a man that sought a domestic life with you as my wife...." But, he wasn't that sort of man..... Oh how I would love to have piece of our own interpretation of this great work!
Fiddler on the Roof (1992)
Winner: Terry Mogi CummingFiddler on the Roof for me please!:) because it is the first show I was ever in as one of the children when I was about 5 ... though I would like to say I was in the OA show I was not. It was Red Cliffs Musical Society .. I would also like to be able to say I was only 5 in 1992! :)
Der fliegende Holländer (1997)
Winner: Sarita Ester
The Flying Dutchman, what better theme for an opera, redemption through love. Wagner's libretto is awe-inspiring, one can tell his personal experiences influenced this work. Absolutely splendid!
Honourable mention: Greg Gray for his 'flattery technique'!