- with Callie Swarbrick, soprano
This morning’s lecture discusses how the operetta genre came about. After their initial popularity, operettas declined in public appeal, being considered less ‘serious’ than ‘real’ operas. Fortunately the best operettas have refused to go away! Their catchy tunes and snappy rhythms have delighted audiences for the past 100 years, and many opera houses have re-introduced them into recent repertoire. Operettas paved the way from opéra-bouffe in mid-19th-century Paris right through to an American Musical genre.
Using examples from Die Fledermaus, one of the best-loved musical scores of all time, soprano Callie Swarbrick, who is currently performing Rosalinde, discusses the tropes of operetta and why in particular this Viennese inspired number became a popular favourite. Typical of the genre, Die Fledermaus is filled with contagious melodies, romantic intrigue and clever libretti that have had countless humorous translations.
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