- with Adriana Festeu (mezzo-soprano)
The history of Italian opera is often considered as a continuously developing artistic tradition lasting some 300 years, with the first half of the 19th century considered to be one of the ‘Golden Ages’ of opera; from Rossini through to Bellini and Donizetti. We will spend an indulgent morning reflecting on the glories of this ‘Golden Age’, featuring sung excerpts from famous and obscure works of the above composers. We will also discuss how uniformity of compositional styles and broader geo-political and cultural changes may have precipitated the crisis in Italian opera.
Opera Prelude works with some of the country’s finest young singers at the start of their careers, hosting lecture recitals, concerts, operas and masterclasses. Every ticket sold, subscription or donation made directly supports Opera Prelude’s chosen singers. Thanks to the generosity of our friends and supporters we have inaugurated The Opera Prelude Song Prize and in 2015 we will be launching our Singer’s Friends Fund helping our young singers with small grants. We simply couldn’t do any of this without the help of our friends and supporters who are a vital part of our story. If you would like to champion our work, every penny counts and every donation is appreciated more than it is possible to say.
- Concert Duration:
- approx. 2 hours (with short interval)