The Garden of Disguises (La Finta Giardiniera, in a new English translation by John Warrack)
La Finta Giardiniera (1775) is an opera of secrets and lies, but also of forgiveness and reconciliation. These are qualities that the young Mozart could express in music like none other.
Seven characters with complicated love lives meet an eighteen-year-old composer full of imagination and musical genius. Sandrina is a high-born girl, so why has she disguised herself as a gardener to find work in the Mayor’s household?
The Mayor falls head-over-heels in love with his new ‘garden girl’, much to the annoyance of his servant, Serpetta, who would like to marry her rich employer. The good-natured (but poor) Nardo is waiting in the wings if she doesn’t!
Meanwhile, the mayor’s highly-strung niece Arminda is supposed to marry Ramiro, but only has eyes for Belfiore. He’s a man with something to hide but feels a strange, inexplicable and entirely reciprocated attraction to the disguised Sandrina.
Ryedale Festival Opera has hit the target yet again... vivacious, emotional and clear toned... a poignant and rewarding show.
The Brunton Hall, as it was originally known, was designed by Rowand Anderson, Kininmonth and Paul and opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in 1971.
It is named after John D Brunton, who left a bequest of £700,000 to the people of Musselburgh on his death in 1951, specifying that it must be used to build a public hall for the community.
As well as the concert hall (Venue One, in which this year's Lammermuir Festival event is being held), the building also contains a 296-seat theatre.
The large stained glass windows, depicting themes from the sea, were designed by Glasgow-based artist Deborah Campbell and commissioned by the Brunton Theatre Trust.
The Brunton, Musselburgh
There are regular bus services through Musselburgh with a stop outside the venue.
Travel time from the centre of Edinburgh is about 30 minutes.
Lothian Buses: 15, 26, 30, 40, 44 (0131 555 6363)
First Bus: 108 (0871 200 2233)
East Lothian Buses: 113 (0131 555 6363)
Eve Coaches: 129 (01368 865 500)
Musselburgh station is about 15 minutes walk away or you can catch the No. 30 bus from the station.
Musselburgh is just off Edinburgh City Bypass, not far from Fort Kinnaird Retail Park and Asda.
Free car park at rear of venue plus on street parking including 6 Disabled Parking bays 20m from the entrance plus 2 more in car park.Terrain:
There are accessible toilets on the ground floor in the main foyer and off the upstairs bar of Venue 1.
Ramps at Ladywell Way and North High Street entrances. Box Office has a lowered counter. Lift access to concert hall. Hall has flat area at front for wheelchairs.
Please advise our box office staff when booking tickets of any specific assistance you require and if you would like to use the loop system.