Bath Opera at the Rondo, 2008

Press Release

Bath Opera’s Summer Festival at the Rondo - Four Operas in Three Days!

The first week in July will see a positive explosion of operatic fireworks as Bath Opera presents a more ambitious programme than ever before at Larkhall’s Rondo Theatre.

On Thursday 3rd July the company can be seen in two short works from the eighteenth century by extremely youthful composers. Mozart wrote his charming romance Bastien and Bastienne when he was only twelve, while Pergolesi produced his spiky comedy La Serva Padrona [roughly translatable as The Maid who’s really the Boss] only three years before his untimely death at the age of twenty-six. The two works make for a happy pairing, since they both hinge on the efforts of a frustrated girl to win round an apparently indifferent lover.

By contrast, the work to be staged on Friday 4th July is from the pen of a composer at the end of an illustrious operatic career. Verdi was eighty when he once more took his inspiration from Shakespeare and gave the world his only comic opera, Falstaff. We see the famous fat knight vainly trying to top up his depleted fortune by paying court to two wealthy married ladies at the same time – with disastrous but hilarious results.

Finally, on Saturday 5th July, the full company will be heard in a concert performance of Mozart’s grandest opera, Idomeneo. This mythological story of the downfall of a king forced by an unwise vow to sacrifice his own son to appease the gods contains some of Mozart’s most moving music, including dramatic choruses which are truly thrilling.

Thursday £7 (£5 students), Friday / Saturday £10 (£8 students)

All three performances for £25 (£20 students)

Tickets are available from Bath Festivals Box Office on 01225 463362 (

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