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Three Kings Day 2014

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Today, is Three Kings Day in Spain (and other places around the World). It celebrates the day on which the Three Wise Men arrived in Bethlehem bringing gifts for baby Jesus.

Whilst the UK suffers extreme weather conditions, we in Roquetas de Mar have enjoyed a lovely warm sunny day.

This morning, my wife and I went for a walk along Aguadulce seafront and we then had breakfast alfresco at La Boheme restaurant.

Later, we enjoyed a marvellous concert on channel TVE2. It featured ballet and opera from the New Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. Placido Domingo, Anna Netrekbo and Olga Borodina were just some of the artists featured. Valery Gergiev conducted the orchestra.

It was still warm and sunny in the afternoon so lunch was spent on the balcony of our apartment in Roquetas de Mar.

other blogs by Robert Bovington:

“Photographs of Spain”
“Spanish Impressions”
“postcards from Spain”
“you couldn’t make it up!”
“a grumpy old man in Spain”
“Spanish Expressions”
“Spanish Art”
“Books About Spain”

Opera in Roquetas – 2

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Well, not only in Roquetas – the Metropolitan Opera’s live HD broadcasts are distributed across the globe. If I need to return to the UK anytime when the operas are being broadcast I can visit any number of cinemas but will probably go to the Duke of York’s in Brighton.

Only 2 operas remain to be broadcast in the 2011-2 program – Massenet’s Manon & Verdi’s La Traviata – both in April. There is, however, an excellent collection starting in October as follows…

Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore–New Production

October 13, 2012

Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher’s new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.

Verdi’s Otello

October 27, 2012

Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece returns to the Met with Johan Botha in the title role opposite the acclaimed Desdemona of star soprano Renée Fleming. Semyon Bychkov conducts.

Adès’s The Tempest—Met Premiere

November 10, 2012

Composer Thomas Adès conducts the Metropolitan Opera premiere of his own work, with baritone Simon Keenlyside starring as Prospero. Director Robert Lepage recreates the interior of 18th-century La Scala in this inventive staging.

Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito

December 1, 2012

The virtuosic Elīna Garanča sings Sesto in Mozart’s drama set in ancient Rome. Giuseppe Filianoti is the noble Tito and Barbara Frittoli is Vitellia, in this handsome revival of one of the composer’s final masterpieces. Harry Bicket conducts.

Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera—New Production

December 8, 2012

Director David Alden’s dreamlike setting provides a compelling backdrop for this dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Karita Mattila is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Kathleen Kim is the page Oscar, and Stephanie Blythe sings the role of the fortune-teller Ulrica. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Verdi’s Aida

December 15, 2012

The Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Berlioz’s Les Troyens

January 5, 2013

The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces.

Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda—Met Premiere

January 19, 2013

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, one of the world’s most exciting singers, takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots. Director David McVicar turns to the second opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy, which explores regal characters at fateful moments of their lives. Elza van den Heever sings Elizabeth I, and Maurizio Benini conducts.

Verdi’s Rigoletto– New Production

February 16, 2013

Director Michael Mayer has placed his new production of Verdi’s towering tragedy in Las Vegas in 1960. In this production, inspired by the antics of the Rat Pack, Piotr Beczala is the womanizing Duke of Mantua, Željko Lucic is his tragic sidekick, Rigoletto, and Diana Damrau is Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda.

Wagner’s Parsifal–New Production

March 2, 2013

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom in François Girard’s new vision for Wagner’s final masterpiece. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry, Peter Mattei as the ailing Amfortas, Evgeny Nikitin as the wicked Klingsor, and René Pape as the noble knight Gurnemanz. Daniele Gatti conducts.

Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini

March 16, 2013, 12 pm ET

Zandonai’s compelling opera, inspired by an episode from Dante’s Inferno, returns in the Met’s ravishingly beautiful production, last seen in 1986. Dramatic soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek and tenor Marcello Giordani are the doomed lovers. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Handel’s Giulio Cesare—New Production

April 27, 2013

The opera that conquered London in Handel’s time comes to the Met in David McVicar’s lively production. The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Can’t wait!

Robert Bovington
Roquetas de Mar  February 2012