- Adriana Festeu
A poster from the Covent Garden in 1900 salutes the great soprano Nellie Melba, come to sing the role of Rosina in The Barber of Seville. But the title of the opera is squeezed in one corner of the poster, with the name of the prima donna dominating the page, together with the programme of arias she had prepared to insert in place of what we now know as the Lesson Scene. The insertion of arias from the singers’ repertoire was traditional but it changed. Who prompted this change and why?
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