Exhibitions, Concerts & Shows
This weekend sees the Teatre Principal in Mahón host one of the greatest operas, Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, on Friday 24 and Sunday 26 May 2012. Organised by the Fundació Menorquina de l’Òpera, this will be the only opera performed this year in Menorca’s beautifully restored theatre right in the centre of Mahón, and promises to be a truly spectacular and memorable event.
Madam Butterfly is considered a true masterpiece in the history of opera, the emotional love duet at the end of the first act being one of the most moving. Puccini tells the tragedy of a young Japanese geisha Cio-Cio-San (meaning butterfly) who falls in love with an American naval officer, BF Pinkerton. They marry and he then returns to his country. Cio-Cio-San waits for him. Pinkerton returns to Japan some years later and learns he has a son. He visits Cio-Cio-San wanting to raise the boy with his new wife. Cio-Cio-San, realising her dream of a western life is over, commits suicide by hara-kiri.
The popular guided tours around the iconic estate of San Antoni, known locally as ‘Golden Farm’, have started again for summer 2013, organised through the Menorca Britannia Association. Visits will run from May until late October, on Monday and Friday afternoons, at 17.00, 17.45 and 18.30 hours and will last approximately one and a half hours.
Magnificently located overlooking Mahón Harbour and the Isla del Rey, Golden Farm offers a unique opportunity to step back into history. Although the building can be traced back as far as the 12th century, its impressive Palladian style façade, added during the 18th century, makes it one of the prominent symbols of British presence on Menorca. During the tour you will learn more about the amazing events which have shaped Menorca’s chequered past as well as about the famous people who have graced its beautifully preserved rooms.
The XVII Pure Breed Menorcan Horse Fair takes place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2013 at the Recinte Firal (Exhibition Centre) in Es Mercadal, when the ‘Raça Menorquina’ Breeders and Owners Association get together to celebrate these magnificent horses with their characteristic elegance, gentle nature and shiny black coats.
The event also includes the 23rd competition for the best pure bred Menorquina horse(Concurs Morfològic de Cavalls de Raça Menorquina), which is a main highlight, as well as competitions for best in class and all sorts of equestrian activities for horse lovers to enjoy. There will be horse-related demonstrations and activities, such as horseshoeing and equine physiotherapy, pony rides and the opportunity to find out about the origins of the Menorquina race and to see other breeds from Menorca. You can also wander around the various stalls and taste traditional products from the island, making this a fun and interesting day out for everyone.
The Gwent Touring Brass Band is once again visiting Menorca over the Easter holiday period to perform at a series of special charity concerts in conjunction with the Coral del Centro Cultural de Alaior between Saturday 30 March and Thursday 4 April 2013. The visit is organised by the Rotary Club of Menorca.
The Band will also take part in the traditional Easter processions in Maó, on Good Friday for the ‘Santo Entierro’ (Holy Burial) procession and on Easter Sunday for the celebratory ‘Procesión del Encuentro’ (Reunion). This is when statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary are paraded triumphantly around the town before meeting in front of the Santa María church.
Saturday 30 March: Charity concert at the Centro Cultural Alaior at 20.30 hours. Tickets on sale at the door, price €6.
Wednesday 3 April: Charity concert at the Sala Multifuncional, Es Mercadal at 20.30 hours. Tickets on sale at the door, price €6.
Thursday 4 April: Charity concert at the Santa Margarita Church in Es Castell at 20.30 hours. Donations at the door.
For anyone with a fascination for Menorca's eclectic collection of windmills scattered around the island, then this special historic exhibition of old photographs of Menorca's windmills taken over past 150 years is for you. Organised by the newly formed Associació de los Molins de Menorca (Windmill Association of Menorca) together with Es Castell Town Council, the photographs portray a totally different aspect of life in Menorca with some scenes dating back to the 19th century. The exhibition is being held in the Sala d'Exposicions in Es Castell starting on Saturday 16 until Tuesday 26 February 2013. The opening is at midday on 16 February and the exhibition will be open Monday to Friday from 18.00 to 20.00 hours, Saturday from 11.00 to 13.30 hours and 18.00 to 20.00 hours and Sunday from 11.00 to 13.30 hours.
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