- with Mark Austin
Mark Austin explores the process of putting on an opera from the conductor’s point of view. This talk will give an insight into the role of the conductor in all areas of opera: casting, the process of rehearsal, directing and enabling principal singers, collaborating with the director, and providing musical leadership in performance. Mark will use examples from Mozart’s Don Giovanni to explore how this process works. This opera famously has two authentic completed versions – from Prague and Vienna – but neither of these is usually performed today. Decisions about the material of an operatic performance are basic ones for the conductor, but how does the conductor arrive at a musical conception of the score? And, more importantly, how does he/she work with the singers and director to achieve this while allowing the individuality of each performer to shine through?
If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in opera rehearsals, or have a question about something you’ve seen a conductor do in live performance, this talk is for you.
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