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Opera under the stars

The best of opera, in Santanyi

If you've never been to the opera and you'd like a nice easy introduction to the audio visual spectacle, then Santanyi is the place to go on Saturday 3rd September. As part of the town's sixth Lyrical Week (Setmana Lirica) they're putting on an opera gala night which will feature duos, overtures, arias and intermezzos during the two hour show.

It's an ideal opportunity to see the best of opera, the songs that we instantly recognise from the TV and so on, that we had no idea where they were from, all together without having to sit through some of the 'heavier' bits of a full opera.

tamara haskin in aida

Performing on Saturday will be American soprano Tamara Haskin, (photo) Italian tenor Enrico Nenci and Mallorcan soprano Maia Planas. They'll be singing an opera selection which includes, Casta diva (Norma), Una furtiva lacrima (Elisir d'amore), Recondita armonia and E lucevan le stelle (Tosca), Ritona vincitor (Aida), Sempre libera (La Traviata) and Nessun dorma, world cup theme and aria Turandot!

It all takes place in Santanyi's Teatre Principal in the centre of town – easy to get to if you are in Cala d'Or or other nearby resorts – and even better, it's staged in the outdoor patio of the theatre under the starry, starry night. A ticket will cost €18 on the night or €15 in advance (tel 971 163 295)