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Enjoy stunning music in the spectacular setting of Belcombe Court this Summer

Fedora is the opening opera of If Opera’s summer season. This Italian melodrama of sweeping melodies is a bit of a hidden gem. Currently experiencing an international resurgence the production is a wonderful chance to see this rare opera in Bradford on Avon. But what is Fedora about? We asked Executive Director Michael Volpe. 

What is the story of Fedora?

The opera tells the tale of a Princess who wrongly suspects someone of murdering her betrothed. She seeks revenge but of course falls in love with the man she suspects did the deed. It doesn’t end well for her.  It has strong themes of romance, betrayal and tragedy and is a terrific theatrical work, too.

What can I expect from the music?

Umberto Giordano’s music is lyrical, richly orchestrated and lush coupled with strong melodrama.  Orchestrally, Giordano has the true ‘Italianate’ feel, a rich tapestry of strings and long, languorous lines. You can hear an example of this by listening to the extraordinarily beautiful intermezzo (click on video).


There is a famous tenor aria that is performed on concert platforms by all the great tenors called ‘Amor ti vieta’ (Love forbids you), but the whole piece is beautifully crafted melodically and deeply emotional.  It is innovative, too, with one very tense scene at a party being accompanied by a concert pianist playing live on stage.

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Why is the opera not more famous?

Well, it is famous - just uncommon. Recently both the Met in New York as well as La Scala have mounted new productions. There are just so many operas in the repertoire and opera companies find their own threads and present them to audiences. Uncommon simply doesn’t mean ‘not good’.  In England, it is really only places like Opera Holland Park in London (where this opera was last performed in the UK in 2006) that explore this repertoire regularly and to huge success over the years. 

What is the production like?

We don’t like to reveal the nature of our productions before the first night but we can tell you that the production will be beautiful and elegant.  Fedora is a relatively short opera and packs a real punch. You won’t be disappointed.

See Fedora at Belcombe Court this summer 
24, 26, 31 August & 1 September - Tickets from £35 


Iford Arts Limited
15 Market Street
Bradford on Avon, BA15 1LL

To book tickets for any of the If Opera performances visit or call the Bath Box Office on 01225 463 362

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