To celebrate the first anniversary since the opening of The Crystal, Siemens presents an outdoor big-screen opera festival on the dockside, offering productions recorded at various seasons of the Salzburg Festival in Austria.
Fri Aug 30: 'Falstaff' (7pm-9.10pm)
The final opera from Guiseppe Verdi (1813-1901) sets the ridiculous, amorous adventures of Shakespeare's corpulent knight.
Sat Aug 31: 'La traviata' (11am-4.30pm)
Due to the event clashing with The Big Swim, it will be presented as a free public picnic with a 2005 'La traviata' as low-volume background. Featuring Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, and Thomas Hampson.
Sat, Aug 31: 'Don Carlo' (4pm-9pm)
Opera in five acts by Giuseppe Verdi, setting an original French libretto. From the 2013, Salzburg Festival, at which Peter Stein and conductor Antonio presented the original version of the opera about forbidden love in the sixteenth century – albeit in Italian and minus the ballet.
Sun Sept 1: 'The Magic Flute' (11am-1pm)
An abridged version for children of Mozart's fairytale. In a mythical land between the sun and the moon, three ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night save Prince Tamino from a serpent. When they leave to tell the queen, the birdcatcher Papageno appears. The ladies give a magic flute to Tamino and silver bells to Papageno to ensure their safety on the journey and appoint three spirits to guide them
(A not-for-profit event; however, tickets must be booked in advance via the registration website for £5, which can be converted to a food and/or drink voucher or donated to charity. The proceedings will be donated to The Newham People’s Trust which provides grants to individuals in support of educational pursuits.)
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Great summer in the Docklands! The Great London Swim, the Beach and now Siemens Festival Nights. Royal Victoria Dock sounds like the place to be this summer!
Looking forward to Don Carlo with my family - what a treat in a lovely outdoor setting ....and I'll be swimming in the Great London Swim to La Traviata! - sounds fun...!
Great opportunity to attend some of the greatest operatic pieces from Verdi and Mozart, right from the famous Salzburg Festival. The unusual open air settlement will encourage art lovers as well as new audience to enjoy opera at its finest. What is worth mentioning is that the registration fee (£5) is returned to visitors at the door as a voucher to be spent at the bar/cafe! Family friendly environment, full of fun activities. Picnics are more than welcome. Enjoy!