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Opera Prelude Autumn 2013 Lecture Season

From Mischief to Maturity: How The Barber of Seville became The Marriage of Figaro

Venue: Caversham Room at Cadogan Hall

Performers

with Paola Cuffolo
mezzo-soprano

An exploration of Rossini and Mozart’s adaptation of one of Beaumarchais’ most famous works. We look at how Beaumarchais originally conceived the characters we all know and love, and how they were treated by the composers and librettists. Follow Figaro as he develops from factotum to loving husband, the Count Almaviva from devotee of one woman to worshipper of many, and the poor Countess from fiery lover to despairing wife.

Opera is for everyone whether you are new to opera or a seasoned aficionado! You do not need to be an expert to enjoy our 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)

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Concert Duration:
2 hours
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