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A highlight of our coming season will be the world premiere of the complete version of Franz Schubert’s opera Alfonso und Estrella. Whilst there have been performances and recordings of this opera in the past, ours will be the first performance of the complete work. The music of this opera is some of the most beautiful that Schubert ever wrote. He himself considered this music to be his best – and he should know.
To reinforce the Schubert theme, we are organising a “Schubertiade” – a series of concerts of the music of Franz Schubert. This will consist of a piano recital, chamber music for strings by members of our orchestra, a performance of Lieder by some of our opera soloists, and a performance of his song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin.
We will organise our third international conducting course and competition, following the great success of our second one in 2018.
Opera performances will, as usual, be in a temporary theatre erected at Les Capucins for the season. We are determined to improve the quality of the seats, which left something to be desired last year, as well as taking measures to enhance the comfort of our audiences if we have another extreme heatwave.
If you do not already know Opéra de Baugé, let us tell you that our opera performances always start early – at 6 or 7pm – and that there is an interval of 90 minutes for picnicking in the park, dining in our restaurant, or getting a snack at our bar.
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