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Opera Gala

10 September 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:40 pm
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A gala evening of gems from the world of opera and song. Operatic favourites by Mozart, Handel, Ravel and Verdi featuring arias, duets and ensembles from Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte to Ariadne auf Naxos and Eugene Onegin. Songs by Schumann and Schubert, Rachmaninov and Medtner. The performance culminates in Brahms’s ravishing Liebeslieder Waltzes.

Three established young British opera stars are joined by BBC New Generation Artist Ema Nikolovska, brought together under the guidance of Festival Chorus Master Tom Primrose, a rising star in the opera world as both conductor and vocal coach.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Newbury Spring Festival

Conductor / Performers

Ruby Hughes soprano
Ema Nikolovska mezzo soprano
Ben Johnson tenor
Jonathan McGovern baritone
Libby Burgess piano

Tom Primrose  musical director


Prologo: Si Può? from I Pagliacci – Leoncavallo  Jonathan McGovern – baritone
Care Selve from Atalanta – Handel Ben Jonson – tenor
O had I Jubal’s lyre from Joshua – Handel Ruby Hughes – soprano
La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni – Mozart Ruby Hughes – soprano, Jonathan McGovern – baritone
Smanie Implacabili from Cosi fan tutte  – Mozart Ema Nikolovska – mezzo soprano
Salut! Demeure chaste et pure from Faust – Gounod Ben Johnson – tenor
Kogda bi zhihn form Eugene Onegin – Tchaikovsky Jonathan McGovern – baritone
Duchessa, tu m’apelli from Luisa Miller – Verdi Ema Nikolovska – mezzo soprano, Ben Johnson – tenor
Pa, pa, pa from The Magic Flute – Mozart Ruby Hughes – soprano, Jonathan McGovern – baritone


An die LauteSchubert Ben Johnson – tenor
Der WinterabendSchubert Ben Jonson – tenor
CäcilieRichard Strauss
Morgen!Richard Strauss Ruby Hughes – soprano
In the silence of the secret night – Rachmaninov Jonathan McGovern – baritone
Twilight Medtner Ema Nikolovska – mezzo soprano
I am no prophet – Rachmaninov Jonathan McGovern – baritone
Liebeslieder-WalzerBrahms, Ruby Hughes – soprano, Ema Nikolvska – mezzo soprano, Ben Johnson – tenor, Jonathan McGovern – baritone



Please note all programmes and events are subject to change and last minute alteration subject to the latest Government Covid guidelines. 


Opera Gala £30
Date: 10 September 2021
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:40 pm
Event CategoryFree for Under 30s
Address: St Nicolas Church, West Mills
Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5HG United Kingdom

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