With Callie Swarbrick, soprano
Whether it’s the contrast of good and evil, or the fascination in acquisition of knowledge, Goethe’s play Faust has certainly captivated composers. There are 16 operas based on the subject, and the Royal Opera House has just commissioned another two. In this lecture we concentrate on three compositions in particular by Gounod, Berlioz and Busoni. We delve into how each portrays the tale and how the ideas of devilish greed and temptation manifest in the music.
Opera is for everyone whether you are new to opera or a seasoned aficionado! You do not need to be an expert to enjoy these 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)
- Concert Duration:
- 2 hours