- with Aidan Coburn (tenor)
When producing operas decades, often centuries after they were written, there are a seemingly endless number of conceptual, musical and directorial decisions that the creative team and cast need to make. From the questions of period instruments and historically-informed interpretation, to the issues of translation, modernised staging and the use of technology, there is much scope for tempers to flare even before the rehearsal room is reached!
Through visual and audio examples, this lecture investigates what efforts have been made to make opera more relevant to today’s audience and what attempts are being made to conserve the traditions of old.
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)