One of the events of Opera Nepomuk funded by the Arts Council in 2018 will be
- a Bohemian Cabaret Evening of Entertainment with Czech beer, will take place at 1930pm on March 24th 2018 at The CASA BAR and VENUE, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ http://www.casatheatre.co.uk/.
- The evening will be a celebration of English and Czech culture in the spirit of cultural co-operation
CONCERT MARCH 24TH 2018. The CASA BAR and VENUE, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BQ
PERFORMERS ARE BEING SOUGHT TO PERFORM AT THIS EVENT IN THE STYLE OF AN OPEN MIC EVENT. MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW.
- IT IS HOPED THE PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE SOME OF THE FOLLOWING. TBC.
Songs to be sung by Barry Webb (tenor)
Charles Dibdin (1745 – 1814) Tom Bowling
Songs by Barry Webb
John’ s Aria from the opera Nepomuk Da tanto d‘amore
‘Look up‘ and ‘More‘ from the new musical being composed Songs of Seaforth
- Caruso favourites, BECAUSE, BE MY LOVE,
- some jazz, CRY ME A RIVER,
- songs from the shows, etc
Other entertainment (performers tbc)
The premier performance of a new cello sonata by Barry Webb
ENGLISH COMPOSERS AND THEIR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
Charles Dibdin (4 March 1745 – 25 July 1814)
Charles Dibdin wrote a lot about the challenges he met as a composer in England. He used to put on his own Entertainments, touring the country. He did this to raise much needed money to live on and produce his works. The life of a musician has always been precarious.
Instead of staying put in central London, he took his music to new markets. He was a pioneer of touring, and although a Londoner, was not London centric. He also wrote books, for which he obtained subscriptions. In these books he constantly mentions the difficulties he has with support for his musical endeavours.
He was most famous for writing songs to do with the sea. The water theme of PROJECT NEPOMUK ties in with this.
Barry Webb, like Dibdin, was a former chorus member of Covent Garden and a self taught composer.
Isidore de Lara, born Isidore Cohen (9 August 1858 – 2 September 1935). English composer and singer.
Isidore de Lara found fame in Monaco and France for his operas. He has been disregarded in his country of birth, with critics and the establishment setting the stage unfavourably for him.
He started of as a singer and singing teacher, and when singing on the salon London circuit, he met people of aristocratic connections.
He was accused of having an affair with his patron, Alice Heine, the Princess of Monaco, and suffered from much gossip. This unproven gossip is still circulated today.
His operas were performed at the Metropolitan, La Scala, and at Covent Garden, in Germany, Hungary and France. His autobiography Tales of Many Cities is a wonderful read.
One of the pleasures of the Czech Republic is its food and drink.
The cakes are amazing. I love Honey Cake (Medovnik), a butter, nut and honey heaven. It is filled and covered with a rich butter cream caramel and nuts.
But my all time favourite is Punch Cake (Punčové Rezy). It is similar to a Russian Slice, which evokes childhood memories. Always a treat when brought home to me and my brother by my mother from the shops in Headington.
I discovered the ultimate Punch Cake in a small local bakery near Nepomuk in the town of Blovice in June, and took a picture, on the right. I cannot wait to go there again soon. This place is REALLY 5 star. http://www.pekarstvijilek.cz/
Soft drinks include Elderflower Lemonade, Raspberry Soda, and of course Kofola. And now Mattoni water is produced in various new flavours. This mineral water from Karlovy Vary tastes and refreshes like no other.
Fortunately there is a new Czech food shop in Liverpool so these delights can now be easily purchased. https://www.facebook.com/terezasfoodstore/