A Night at the Opera

Saturday, 17 March 2012 - 7:30pm

A vibrant band of toreadors marching into the bullring, all the magnificence and pomp of a Russian coronation in a majestic cathedral, the indignity and homesickness of enslaved Hebrews, the splendour of a ballroom scene in full waltzing motion, the noble death of a great and tragic Carthaginian queen ... all this and more at our Night at the Opera.

Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Bizet March of the Toreadors (Carmen)
Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers)
Purcell Dido's Lament and final chorus (Dido and Aeneas)
Tchaikovsky Waltz scene (Eugene Onegin)
Dvořak Song to the moon (Rusalka)
Mussorgsky Coronation Scene (Boris Godunov)
Wagner Procession and Chorale (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)
Mascagni Easter Hymn (Cavalleria Rusticana)
Verdi Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco)
Brindisi (La Traviata)
Triumphal Scene (Aida)
Puccini Che gelida manina (‘Your tiny hand is frozen’) (La Bohème)
O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
Vissi d’arte (Tosca)
Nessun dorma (Turandot)

G Live is Surrey's newest venue, offering over 1,000 comfortable seats in a modern environment. Set in the central Guildford, with plenty of parking, restaurants and bars nearby, it's the perfect venue for a special night out.


Join the Vivace Chorus, the Brandenburg Sinfonia and soloists Sara Lian Owen, Philip Modinos, Gareth John and Thomas Faulkner for a thrilling evening in the South East's newest concert space. Come on a journey of love, tragedy, hope, terror and passion as we sing and play some of your favourite opera arias and overtures. From Mozart to Wagner, there’s something for everyone.


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View from the Podium

I'm really excited about this concert. Not only is it Vivace's first performance in G Live; it's also a night of pure operatic pleasure. There's nothing quite like the sound of a big orchestra and choir live in a wonderful acoustic, and I really believe that's what we're going to have in March when we put on this performance.

View from the choir

Singing opera extracts is very different from the concerts we're used to performing, which tend to be complete works. This concert should be wonderful, though, because it's our first in our new local venue, and it gives us a great opportunity to show local audiences what we can do. The music is fabulous, and we hear that there might be a few surprises in store!

Night at the Opera Review

A venture to thrill the heart of this ex-opera singer took place last night at G Live. Guildford’s new concert venue hosted the Vivace Chorus in an exciting programme of operatic favourites old and new. We are used to the serious side of this choir in the soaring space of Guildford Cathedral, even the plush grandeur of the Royal Albert Hall, but tonight we saw Vivace in a new light.

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