The National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain

Scene to be Believed: Orchestral and operatic music inspired by folk tales

Sun 14 Apr, 3pm

The Anvil

  • Tickets: £23, £20, £17; Over 65s and f/t students £2 off, under 16s £7, under 5s £2 (includes £2 booking fee). Group rate available

Humperdinck               Selections from Hansel and Gretel
Dvořák                         ‘Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka
Rossini                        ‘Non più mesta’ from La Cenerentola
Rimsky-Korsakov      Scheherazade

Carmen Artaza             mezzo
Samantha Clarke         soprano
Dominic Wheeler         conductor

Featuring music and opera inspired by folk tales, immerse yourself in a magical world of princes and princesses; Arabian sultans and magic carpets; witches, water nymphs and gingerbread houses.
Conducted by Dominic Wheeler, Head of Opera at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the orchestra will perform alongside Carmen Artaza (Mezzo) and Samantha Clarke (Soprano) who will help bring a selection of these beautiful scenes to life.
The concert opens with a focus on European fairy tales. Excerpts from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel will enchant you, along with music from Rossini’s Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, and Dvořák’s Rusalka, based on Czech folklore about a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince – with tragic effects.
In the second half, prepare to travel further afield to the Middle East with Rimsky-Korsakov’s epic symphonic suite, Scheherazade. Tales from ‘One Thousand and One Nights’, told to the sultan by his wife, the gifted storyteller, Scheherazade, inspired the four movements.

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