- Tyler Clarke
Beethoven’s inspirational masterpiece delves deep into the universal themes of love, liberty and freedom. He once said of Fidelio, ‘Of all my children, this is the one that caused me the worst birth pangs, the one that brought me the most sorrow and for that reason, it is the one most dear to me.’
This morning’s talk looks at how Fidelio addresses the ideas of love, liberty and freedom and Beethoven’s commitment to heroism as a personal and social ideal. We also consider the influence of the French Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment in terms of the characters and especially Leonore, the heroine of the piece.
Fresh from performing Jaquino, for Dorset Opera’s production of Fidelio this summer, Tyler intersperses our morning with some lighthearted anecdotes and behind the scenes tales about his experiences in this role.
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