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 London opera at the Royal Opera House. 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.

Dino Snores (for grown-ups)January 2014Have you ever seen the movie “Night At The Museum”? Well… now’s your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends. This event is especially for grown-ups and will include a 3-course dinner in the restaurant, followed by a quiz, live music, and an all-night monster movie marathon.

Elizabeth I and Her PeopleJanuary 2014The “Elizabeth I & Her People” exhibition will explore the reign of of one of England’s greatest Queens – Elizabeth I – through portraits of both her and her people. The many outstanding paintings on display will include portraits of Elizabeth I and her courtiers including famous explorers, statesmen and soldiers.

Smash-hit comedy “One Man, Two Guvnors”January 2014After getting sacked from his skiffle band Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe. But Roscoe is actually his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother — who was murdered by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers. But then Francis takes a job with Stubbers (as Roscoe) who still pines to be reunited… with Rachel.


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