- with Adriana Festeu, mezzo-soprano
Many of the leading roles of Handel, Mozart and even Rossini have been written for castrati – the singing ‘super-stars’ of the 17th and 18th century, who often commanded outrageous salaries, lavishly detailed contracts and even enjoyed great political influence. Their roles, now usually sung by various voice types, are famous for their technical difficulty and show-stopping arias. This lecture covers the history of the castrati in opera as well as an analysis of the most famous roles created for them.
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 qualifications are necessary to attend. The audience is not required to sing!
- Concert Duration:
- 2 hours