The Sunday Opera: "The Bohemian Girl" & "Jane Eyre"
We’re going to the United Kingdom for this week’s Sunday Opera (3/24 3:00 p.m.) with two operas about plucky young ladies. First will be Ireland’s Michael William Balfe’s charming “Bohemian Girl” which deals with a stolen child raised by gypsies who falls in love with an exiled Polish nobleman, and it all comes out right in the third act. The cast includes Nora Thomas, Patrick Power, Jonathan Summers, Bernadette Cullen, and John del Carlo with Richard Bonynge leading the Irish Radio and Television Philharmonic Choir and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland.
Our second work comes from British composer Michael Berkeley and is based on Charlotte Bronte’s tale of a loyal governess who comes from humble beginnings only to eventually find her true love. The cast for “Jane Eyre” includes Natahsa Marsh, Fflur Wyn, Beverly Mills, Emily Bauer-Jones, and Andrew Slater. The Music Theatre Wells Ensemble is conducted by Michael Rafferty.