Operas in London January 2014

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Operas in London in January

Our guide to operas in London during January 2014.

Carmen at Royal Opera House, London
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Bizet’s “Carmen” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House Opera at the Royal Opera House London. Bizet's "Carmen" is one of the world's favourite operas, but scandalised 19th-century society with its raw depicition of lust. It tells the story of a fiesty gypsy arrested for attacking a fellow worker. After persuading her guard to release her on the promise of love, she then casts him aside for the glamorous toreador, Escamillo. Consumed by jealousy, Don Jose pursues Carmen to Seville with tragic consequences.
Manon at Royal Opera House, London
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Massenet’s “Manon” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House "Manon" follows the all-consuming love affair between Manon Lescaut and a student, Des Grieux. But Manon longs for a life of luxury and riches, and when a nobleman offers to make her his mistress she finds it hard to resist. Her inability to choose between love and comfort proves her downfall, in a story that tumbles from passion and devotion, to violence and tragedy. You can hear the opera Manon at the Royal Opera House in January.
Peter Grimes at London Coliseum, London
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Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes”

to London Coliseum The disturbing story of prejudice and persecution is set in a small fishing village on the coast. Fisherman Peter Grimes already has an uneasy relationship with the other locals, and when his apprentice dies the community assumes that he is guilty. Britten's haunting score rolls around with the churning sea and the changing moods of the landscape, resulting in an opera full of menace and beauty.

We don’t have any more operas, but here are some more events taking place in January:

Philharmonia Orchestra, playing Wagner and StraussJanuary 2014Join conductor Philippe Jordan, soprano Angela Denoke and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform a selection of classical works by Wagner and Richard Strauss.

London Philharmonic — Kodaly, Grieg and DvorakJanuary 2014Join conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Kodaly, Grieg and Dvorak.

Bach, Schumann and SchubertJanuary 2014Join the young German pianist Martin Helmchen at Queen Elizabeth Hall, as he performs a selection of classical works by Bach, Schumann and Schubert.

John Lill, playing Beethoven’s Piano SonatasJanuary 2014Pianist John Lill will be giving a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall over four months, during which he will perform Beethoven’s complete Piano Sonatas.

Philharmonia Orchestra, playing BrahmsJanuary 2014Join conductor Andris Nelsons, pianist Helene Grimaud and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as perform Johannes Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No.2″ and “Symphony No.4″.

London Philharmonic — Bach, Hartmann and BeethovenJanuary 2014Join conductor Vladimir Jurowski, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform a selection of classical works by Bach, Hartmann and Beethoven.

Richard Serra — Drawings for the CourtauldJanuary 2014The Courtauld Gallery is putting together an exhibition displaying twelve of Serra’s most recent drawings in dense black crayon, created especially for the Courtauld Gallery. Serra first rose to prominence in New York more than forty years ago, and is celebrated for his ground-breaking sculptures and for his radical approach to drawing.

Winter Ice Rink, at the Natural History MuseumJanuary 2014Don your winter mittens and whizz around a 1000-metre square ice rink, set in the grounds of the Natural History Museum. The trees will be decked in fairy lights, and a traditional Carousel will be waltzing round to add to the festive atmosphere. There is also a Cafe Bar at the side of the rink to relax in, selling food and festive treats like mulled wine and hot chocolate.

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy StoreJanuary 2014TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart.


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