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UCOpera brings Schubert to the UCL Bloomsbury

13 March 2006

University College Opera will be performing 'Alfonso und Estrella', Schubert's first German opera, at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre from 20th March.


The opera was written in 1821 and influenced by Weber's 'Der Freischutz', which premiered in Vienna at that time. Like Weber's work, 'Alfonso und Estrella' is a love story set in the fantastical outdoor world of the forest.

Starring Tyrone Landau and Tamsin Coombs in the title roles, and directed by Stephen Barlow, the production follows UCOpera's critically acclaimed 'Whittington' (Offenbach) in 2005 and 'Vanda' (Dvorak) the previous year.

UCOpera, founded in 1951, is renowned for bringing rarely performed operas back into the public eye. In total it has staged 12 British premieres and three world premieres, including the first performance of Beethoven's Leonora in 1969 and the complete version of Cesar Franck's Hulda in 1994.

'Alfonso und Estrella' shows at the Bloomsbury Theatre on the 20th, 22nd, 24th and 25th March. To book tickets, call +44 (0)20 7388 8822, or use the link at the bottom of the article.