By David Ward, Jan 30 2017 02:31PM
It’s been a difficult few weeks with a knee injury curtailing much further progress, but hopefully I’ll be back on track from next week!
Injury will likely be the greatest foe to the 2017 challenge, so trying to balance enthusiasm with ability will be key (something I perhaps didn’t do so well in the first week …)
The miles-o-meter is now down to 1951, so let’s take a look at the world in opera in that year:
- Gian-Carlo Menotti’s ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ (our first Northern Opera Group production) premiered on NBC television
- it was quite the year for significant opera premieres; London’s Royal Opera House hosted premieres of both Britten’s ‘Billy Budd’ and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’, whilst Stravinsky’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ opened at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice
- Mario Lanza starred in ‘The Great Caruso’; the classic MGM musical about the life and career of the famous tenor
- in heady times for touring opera, in two weeks alone at the Edinburgh Empire you could see Covent Garden Opera’s productions of ‘Lohengrin’, ‘Rigoletto’, ‘Fidelio’, ‘Carmen’, ‘La Traviata’, ‘Madame Butterfly’, ‘Marriage of Figaro’, and ‘Der Rosenkavalier’!
I may have had a dodgy knee, however this hasn’t stopped significant planning forging ahead for our 2017 programme - by the next blog post, we’ll likely have made a very exciting announcement ...