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Hampstead Garden Opera tells the truth about love

02 August, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

HGO’s recent production of La Traviata was updated to the 1960s

A musical survey of love – sacred, profane, hopeless, fulfilled and passionate – is being featured in Hampstead Garden Opera’s annual summer concert at St Michael’s, Highgate, this Saturday evening (August 4).

Singers from past and future HGO productions are performing music from Mozart to Bernstein by way of Lehar, Puccini, Verdi, Bizet and many others.

The concert takes its theme from the Auden poem, set as a cabaret song by Benjamin Britten, Tell Me the Truth about Love.

HGO’s most recent production, La Traviata in the spring, was a roaring success with sold-out performances. David Conway, HGO’s chairman, ascribes the success to its relocation to 1960s and use of outstand­ing young singers of the age
of the characters.

Looking ahead, HGO’s next production in the autumn is Cimarosa’s sparkling The Secret Marriage, about farcical misunder­stand­ings and cover-ups. “The piece is a jewel of an example as to how Italian opera can create the perfect comedy,” says Conway.

Tell Me The Truth About Love: Hampstead Garden Opera Summer Concert, St Michael’s, Highgate, 0800 411 8881, 6.30pm, from £15, http://hgo.org.uk/concert/

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