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Previous trips/events organised by Cheltenham Opera Society include :

2019-20 Season

Opera trips to WNO: Carmen (Bizet), Les Vepres Siciliennes (Verdi); Bampton Classical Opera, Bride and Gloom  (Storace)

dvds of Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfriedi (Wagner) and Le Comte Ory (Rossini)

talks Simon Rees two lectures on Wagner's Ring

The rest of the season was cancelled because of the Covid 19 pandemic. The season would have included trips to ETO at Malvern and the Garsington Opera summer season and WNO and concluded the Ring cycle and dvd of Falstaff (Verdi) at the AGM

 2018-19 Season

Opera trips to War and Peace (Prokofiev), La Cenerentola (Rossini), Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) all WNO; Elisabetta (Rossini), Macbeth (Verdi), Idomeneo (Mozart) all ETO; Don Giovanni (Mozart), The Bartered Bride (Smetna), Fantasio (Offenbach) and Monteverdi's Vespers all Garsington Opera; and (forthcoming 13062019) Bride and Gloom (Storace) Bampton Classical Opera. 

Recital: Welsh International Academy of Voice.

DVDs of Written on Skin  (George Benjamin), The Bartered Bride (Smetna), Der Fliegende Hollander (Wagner), Don Carlo (Verdi), Fidelio (Beethoven)

There were two talks by Simon Rees: introductions to War and Peace and Un Ballo in Maschera 

2017-18 Season

Opera trips to Kovanshchina  (Mussorgsky) WNO; Dardanus (Rameau), Giulio Cesare (Handel) ETO; La Forza del Destino (Verdi) WNO;  Don Giovanni (Mozart) WNO; The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) ETO; Il Tbarro & Gianni Schicchi  (Puccini) ETO; Die Zauberflote  (Mozart), Falstaff (Verdi),  Capriccio (Richard Strauss), The Skating Rink  (David Samuel and Rory Mullarkey) all Garsington Opera; Cinderella  (Isouard) Bampton Classical Opera.

Recital: Welsh International Academy of Voice (the tenth anniversary celebration for COS).

DVDs of  Kroll Roger (Szymanovski); The Tsarina's Slippers (Tchaikovsky); Billy Budd (Britten); La Rondine (Puccini).

There were two talks by Simon Rees and a joint meeting with the Cheltenham Music Festival Society at which Jeremy Carnall spoke on conducting opera.

2016-17 Season

 Opera trips to The Parisian Painter (Cimarosa) New Chamber Opera, Oxford, July; Garsington Opera, June and July; Bampton Classical Opera, Westonbirt, August; Macbeth (Verdi) WNO September; Ulysses Homecoming (Monteverdi),  La Calisto (Cavalli), Xerxes (Handel) ETO, Malvern, October; Partenope (Handel) ENO, March; Tosca (Puccini), Patience (Gilbert and Sullivan) ETO, Cheltenham, Cheltenham, April.

Recital, ETO, April.

Talks by Simon Rees (twice) and Robert Padgett.

DVDs of The Nose (Shostakovitch); The Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek); War and Peace (Prokoviev); Otello (Rossini).

 2015-16 Season

Opera trips to I Puritani (Bellini) WNO October; Pelleas and Melisande (Debussy). The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach), Werther (Massenet) ETO October; The Force of Destiny (Verdi) ENO November; The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) WNO January; Pia De' Tolomei  (Donizetti) Don Giovanni (Mozart) Iphigenie en Tauris (Gluck) ETO April; Garsington Opera and New Chamber Opera (Oxford) (June-July)

Recital ETO April

Talks by Simon Rees

DVDs of Die Tote Stadt (Korngold) Ernani (Verdi) Matilde di Shabran  (Rossini) Norma (Bellini) Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)

2014-15 Season

Opera trips to: William Tell (Rossini) WNO September; Life on the Moon (Haydn),  Ottone (Handel) ETO, November; The Siege of Calais (Donizetti) ETO, November; The Siege of Calais  (Donizetti) Il Furioso al Isola di San Domenigo (Donizetti) La Boheme  (Puccini) ETO, April; Pelleas and Melisande  WNO, May; Garsington Opera and New Chamber Opera (Oxford), June-July.

Recital: ETO, April.

Talks: by Simon Rees (2); P. J. Harris; J. Walker.

DVDs: The Death of Klinghoffer (John Adams) October; Les Pecheurs de Perles (Bizet) December; Semiramide (Rossini) February; and DVDs on the life of Maria Callas (May).

2013-14 Season

Opera trips to: Anna Bolena (Donizetti) WNO, September; Agrippina (Handel), The Coronation of Poppea (Monteverdi), Jason (Cavalli) ETO, October; Boulevard Solitude (Henze) WNO, February; Bunyan (Britten), King Priam (Tippet), The Magic Flute (Mozart), ETO, April; Nabucco (Verdi) WNO, May; Garsington Opera and New Chamber Opera (Oxford), June-July.

Recital: ETO, April 

Talks: by Simon Rees (3); Robert Padgett (2); James Conway.

DVDs: Stiffelio (Verdi) December; Death in Venice (Britten) February

2012-13 Season

September --Simon Rees (WNO) talk on Jeptha  and Lulu

October - Jeptha   WNO at Millennium Centre Cardiff; ETO talk on The Lighthouse, Albert Herring, and The Emperor of Atlantis; Chairman's talk on Duets.

November - The Lighthouse, Albert Herring, and The Emperor of Atlantis ETO at Theatre Royal Bath and  Malvern.

December - Festive evening with dvd of Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini) 

January - Chairman's talk on The Minotaur (Birtwistle) and The Minotaur  at ROH

February - Lulu  (Berg) WNO at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff and Medea  (Charpentier) at ROH.  DVD of Linda di Chamonix (Donizetti)

March -Simon Rees (WNO) talk on Lohengrin and ETO talk on their May programme in Cheltenham

April - AGM with DVD of The Magic Flute (Mozart) and buffet supper

May - ETO at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham: Simon Boccanegra  (Verdi); The Siege of Calais (Donizetti); Cosi Fan Tutti (Mozart); Recital by ETO singers. Lohengrin  (Wagner) WNO at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

June - Garsington Opera, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Mozart)

July - Performance by New Chamber Opera at New College, Oxford

April - La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) ETO at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

April - Recital by singers from ETO at St Andrew's, Montpellier St, Cheltenham

April - and (Puccini) ETO at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre Il Tabarro Gianni Schicchi

April - AGM with tea, DVD of Tales of Hoffmann and buffet supper at St Andrew's, Montpellier St, Cheltenham

June - (Verdi) at Royal Opera House, Covent GardenMacbeth

July - (Salieri) New Chamber Opera at New College, OxfordFalstaff