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.

NBA Basketball — Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn NetsJanuary 2014American basketball comes to London when the Atlanta Hawks take on the Brooklyn Nets at The O2. This is the fourth NBA regular-season game to take place in Europe, giving you the chance to witness the excitement and passion of the American league’s star players in London.

Rob Newman’s “New Theory of Evolution”January 2014Rob Newman first shot to fame as part of “The Mary Whitehouse Experience” in the early 90s, and then went on to perform with comedy partner David Baddiel. Now he’s making his return to comedy with his first new show in 7 years.

Jersey Boys — Frankie Valli & The Four SeasonsJanuary 2014“Jersey Boys” tells the tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons — the rags to riches tale of four boys escaping the rough streets of New Jersey and making it big as an international pop sensation — selling 100 million records and earning a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

 

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