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First performed in Paris in 1911, Ravel’s L’Heure Espagnole is set in a clock shop in Toledo, central Spain. It follows the fortunes of Torquemada, the hard-working clockmaker as, during the course of one hot afternoon, his young wife Concepción negotiates her way through her collection of ridiculous lovers. Ravel’s music is bursting with hummable melodies, lively habanera dances and other Spanish folk song elements to get audiences buzzing. This is opera for everyone. In the second half of the evening, our musicians and singers will present an eclectic and entertaining taste of Spain – with some old favourites and new delights to enjoy.