With Paola Cuffolo, mezzo-soprano
Verdi’s passion for Shakespeare is well known, but his three Shakespeare operas, Macbeth, Otello and Falstaff, are all unique, coming as they did at very different times in Verdi’s life and career. This lecture examines how Shakespeare could be adapted for the operatic stage, Verdi’s experience of doing so throughout his life, and why it is that his Shakespearean operas have lasted where other composers’ have not.
Opera is for everyone whether you are new to opera or a seasoned aficionado! You do not need to be an expert to enjoy these performance based lectures. Of course, the more you know, the more there is to enjoy! With that in mind we aim to make each class informative, interactive and entertaining, offering singer’s insights illustrated with live performance and well known recordings. These lectures form the bridge across the footlights, bringing you nearer to opera singers and their diverse, enriching art form; increasing your knowledge and enjoyment of opera.
No previous qualifications are necessary to attend. The audience is not required to sing!
‘For anyone wanting a performer’s eye view of opera, Opera Prelude is ideal: lecture demonstrations by professional singers offering engaging insights on repertory and technique.’ (Country Life magazine)
- Concert Duration:
- 2 hours