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Michaelmas 2010 Recitals

Every Friday, New College Ante-chapel
1.15pm, £2/£1 concessions

Week 1, October 15: Nick Daly – baritone
Week 2, October 22: Lucy Cox – soprano
Week 3, October 29: Dominic Bowe – baritone
Week 4, November 5: David Lee – tenor
Week 5, November 12: Rachel McCarthy – mezzo
Week 6, November 19: Laura Nakhla – mezzo
Week 7, November 26: Sarah Noyce – soprano
Week 8, December 3: Ben Sheen – counter tenor

Summer Recital Series

Various dates, New College Ante-chapel
1.15pm, £2/£1 concessions

30th Henry Jones – counter tenor

7th Alex Pullinger – counter tenor
14th William Knight – tenor
21st Peter Harris – tenor
28th – Julia Sitkovetsky – soprano

4th Grace Newcombe – soprano
11th Nick Daly – bass
18th Omar El-Okdah – baritone.

Winter Recital Series

Various dates, New College Ante-chapel
1.15pm, £2/£1 concessions

22 Alex Vinall
29 Guy Cutting

5 Freya Hopper
12 Omar El-Okdah – CANCELLED
19 Aileen Thomson
26 Paola Cuffolo

5 Anna Schors
12 Rob Opoku

Giancarlo Menotti’s The Medium

Musical director: Nicholas Pritchard
Director: Michael Burden

4, 5 and 6 March 2010, New College Ante-chapel


Monica                 Anna Aspasia Sideris
Toby                 Krishna Omkar
Madame Flora         Amy Williamson
Mrs Gobineau         Julia Sitkovetsky
Mr Gobineau         George Coltart
Mrs. Nolan           Taya Smith

Director: Michael Burden
Musical director: Nicholas Pritchard
Repetiteurs: Jonathon Swinard, Benjamin Holder
Technicals: Stephen McGlynn


£10/£5 concessions
Oxford Playhouse Box Office
(01865) 305 305
on the door

Autumn Recital Series

October 16th – Anna Sideris, soprano

23rd – Lucy Matheson, soprano

30th – Genevieve Dawson, jazz alto

November 6th – James Potter, counter-tenor

13th – Elizabeth Burrowes, soprano

20th – Sam Glatman, bass

27th – Sarah Jenks, soprano

December 4th – Matthew Silverman, baritone


Francesco Cavalli

7 (Preview), 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18 July 2010

Also, 24 and 25 July 2010 at West Green House

For bookings please use the numbers below. For the 7th and 13th please download the forms.

Wednesday 7 – New Chamber Opera – Download form

Fridays 9 & 16 – New College Development Office – (01865) 279 337

Saturday 10 – Friends of the Bodleian Library – (01865) 277 234

Sunday 11 – The Art Fund – (01491) 641 259

Tuesday 13 – New Chamber Opera – Download form

Wednesday 14 – Friends of the Oxford Botanic Garden – (01844) 214 468

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 – Friends of the Welsh National Opera – (01865) 865 806

Summer Recital Series

May 1st – Nick Daly, Baritone

May 8th – Cathy Bell, Mezzo-Soprano

May 15th – Alexandra Coghlan, Soprano and Rory McCleery, Counter-Tenor

May 22nd – Nick Hewlett, Tenor

May 29th – George Coltart, Bass

June 5th – Paola Cuffolo, Soprano

June 12th – Oxford University Gilbert and Sullivan Society

June 19th – Will Blake, Tenor

Il mondo alla roversa; or the world topsy-turvy with women in charge

New College Warden’s Garden

8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, and 19 July 2009

Cast List

Aurora – Merryn Gamba
Cintia – Rachel Lindop
Ferromonte – Tom Raskin
Giacinto – Giles Davies
Graziosino – Allan Smith
Rinaldino – Rachel Shannon
Tulia – Kate Semmens

Musical Director: Steven Devine
Director: Michael Burden

For tickets for the following dates, please click to download the order form.

Wednesday 8th July (Preview)
Saturday 11th July
Tuesday 14th July

For other dates please contact:

Fridays 10 & 17
New College Development Office
(01865) 279 337

Sunday 12
The Art Fund
(01491) 641 259

Wednesday 15
Friends of the Oxford Botanic Garden
(01844) 214 468

Saturday 18 & Sunday 19
Friends of the Welsh National Opera
(01865) 865 806

Il mondo alla roversa is set on an island in the Antipodes, which is governed by a Council of Women. The cast divides into naturally into two groups; the three powerful women who sit on the Council, and their three spineless lovers. The women are worried the men, being physically stronger, will over overpower them; unbeknowest to the women, the men are quite happy in their state of subjection! The women begin to have doubts about this method of governance, and indulge in some constitutional fiddling; they decide to move to a more monarchical system, only to retreat in disarray, when it become clear that none of them will agree to be the subject on any of the others. Enter Ferromonte; he is unwilling to subject himself to the chains of love, and spearheads a plot overturn female rule. The result? All the characters agree that ‘women in command make for a topsy-turvy world’. Needless to say, the plot is complicated by the relationship of the women to their lovers, baroque in style as well as in period!

Il mondo alla roversa premiered in Venice in 1750. The story is by the great Venetian playwright, Carlo Goldoni, and the score by Baldassare Galuppi; they have been credited with ‘inventing’ opera buffa. From the late 1730s, Goldoni worked at ‘reforming’ Italian comedy; his first major play was the 1738 L’uomo di mondo. By 1743, he had perfected his own style of playwriting, one that combined commedia dell’arte elements with direct, sincere dialogue, and middle-class realities; his opera texts called for a smaller amount of dialogue, and a correspondingly increase in the size and number of the musical set pieces. He and Galuppi began working together in 1748, and together they produced more than 20 comic operas, including two of the most successful 18th century comedies, Il filosofo di campagna and La buona figliuola. Il mondo alla roversa was among the more successful products of this partnership, and survives in more manuscript copies than any of his other operas.