Through the good offices of President Brian and Anne, we have reserved 24 seats at the Britten Theatre for an opera evening at the Royal College of Music. Their productions are always of professional standard and fully staged. In a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this year’s performance will be of Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna. Haydn was the seventh composer to get his hands on the libretto of Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni, setting the sci-fi sitcom to a scintillating score in 1777 and first performed at Esterháza, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy’s summer palace in Hungary – those who were on the club’s holiday to Vienna a couple of years back may recall seeing his other palace at Eisenstadt in Austria.
Wrapped within the comic context of this opera buffa lies some of the composer’s finest writing: a grand romantic aria, highly evocative flight song and even an elegant lunar ballet. You can look forward to a most enjoyable musical experience.
Beforehand we have arranged supper at 190 Queen’s Gate, the restaurant at the Gore Hotel created by the Michelin-starred chef Daniel Galmiche. A three course meal will be provided, with drinks available on a cash basis.
The cost is £85 per head. A menu will be sent to those booking for pre-orders.
Numbers are limited and prompt booking is recommended, and certainly no later than 18 November.