Past events in this series

The Buffa Works of Donizetti - the Man, the Music, the Modern Day

Tuesday 21 January 2014, 10.30am

The Buffa Works of Donizetti - the Man, the Music, the Modern Day

Opera Prelude Spring 2014 Lecture Season

Tenor Joe Morgan discusses the use of comedy in Donizetti's work and its operatic legacy.

Fairytales, Magic & Mysticism in Opera

Wednesday 29 January 2014, 10.30am

Fairytales, Magic & Mysticism in Opera

Opera Prelude Spring 2014 Lecture Season

A light-hearted talk with soprano Rosalind Coad who helps compare the well-known story of Cinderella with the opera La Cenerentola, and the enduring appeal of the enchanted...

'O is for Opera' – A Singer's Guide to Operatic Terminology

Tuesday 4 February 2014, 10.30am

'O is for Opera' – A Singer's Guide to Operatic Terminology

Opera Prelude Spring 2014 Lecture Season

Mezzo Adriana Festeu takes the mystery out of opera criticism and reviews, covering definitions and exemplifications of widely used technical and operatic terms with live...

The Three Queens: Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux (Elisabetta)

Tuesday 11 February 2014, 10.30am

The Three Queens: Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux (Elisabetta)

Opera Prelude Spring 2014 Lecture Season

Adriana Festeu explores Donizetti's historic trilogy, the surge in their performance practice and how the title roles are intrinsically linked to the strong characters portrayed.

Trouble at the Opera! – the Impact of Censorship on the Development of Opera

Tuesday 25 February 2014, 10.30am

Trouble at the Opera! – the Impact of Censorship on the Development of Opera

Opera Prelude Spring 2014 Lecture Season

Ricardo Panela explores the impact of censorship on the development of opera; the political and personal agendas of the ruling classes or theatre owners that were often brought to...

'Behind the Scenes' Masterclass with Della Jones and Opera Prelude's Young Singers

Tuesday 4 March 2014, 10.30am

'Behind the Scenes' Masterclass with Della Jones and Opera Prelude's Young Singers

Opera Prelude Spring 2014 Lecture Season

A very special masterclass led by renowned mezzo Della Jones, with Adriana Festeu, Aidan Coburn and Ricardo Panela performing works by Rossini and Mozart.

The Devil is in the Detail

Tuesday 11 March 2014, 10.30am

The Devil is in the Detail

Opera Prelude Spring 2014 Lecture Season

Goethe's Faust has captivated composers across the years. Callie Swarbrick focuses on three works by Gounod, Berlioz and Busoni and how each portrays the tale and how the ideas of...

Boldness be my Friend: How Verdi Took the Bard and Made Him Sing

Thursday 20 March 2014, 10.30am

Boldness be my Friend: How Verdi Took the Bard and Made Him Sing

Opera Prelude Spring 2014 Lecture Season

A lecture examining how Shakespeare could be adapted for the operatic stage, Verdi’s experience of doing so throughout his life, and why his Shakespearean operas have lasted...

Czech Opera: The Works of Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček

Tuesday 25 March 2014, 10.30am

Czech Opera: The Works of Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček

Opera Prelude Spring 2014 Lecture Season

Adriana Festeu explores the magnificent Bohemian and Moravian cultures, with Smetana and Dvořák leading the way to a nationalistic movement.

The Castrati: their sacrifice, their art, their legacy

Tuesday 29 April 2014, 10.30am

The Castrati: their sacrifice, their art, their legacy

Opera Prelude Summer 2014 Lecture Season

The history of the castrati in opera as well as an analysis of the most famous roles created for them. With Adriana Festeu, mezzo-soprano.

The Unsung Heroes of Opera: secondary roles are not for secondary singers

Tuesday 6 May 2014, 10.30am

The Unsung Heroes of Opera: secondary roles are not for secondary singers

Opera Prelude Summer 2014 Lecture Season

Although a secondary role will never get the last bow, opera is full of essential and important smaller roles often involved in pivotal moments in the plot and providing contrast...

Tosca: How Puccini came to write a non-Italian Italian classic

Wednesday 14 May 2014, 10.30am

Tosca: How Puccini came to write a non-Italian Italian classic

Opera Prelude Summer 2014 Lecture Season

At the time of Tosca's premiere in 1900, a time of very strong Italian nationalism, it was fully expected that Puccini would follow in Verdi's footsteps as the godfather of...

The Demands of Being a Diva

Tuesday 20 May 2014, 10.30am

The Demands of Being a Diva

Opera Prelude Summer 2014 Lecture Season

The great Joan Sutherland was once quoted as saying, 'If I weren’t reasonably placid, I don’t think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, one has to be absolutely...

Die Fledermaus: flirtations and frivolities

Tuesday 3 June 2014, 10.30am

Die Fledermaus: flirtations and frivolities

Opera Prelude Summer 2014 Lecture Season

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...

Villains: from the Devil himself to Baron Scarpia without leaving the F clef!

Tuesday 30 September 2014, 10.30am

Villains: from the Devil himself to Baron Scarpia without leaving the F clef!

Opera Prelude Autumn 2014 Lecture Series

A journey with some of opera's most remarkable Bad Boys! The ones that everybody loves to hate and who, more often than not, have some incredible music to sing, all of which...

From Pears to Pavarotti – why the tenor always gets the loudest applause

Tuesday 7 October 2014, 10.30am

From Pears to Pavarotti – why the tenor always gets the loudest applause

Opera Prelude Autumn 2014 Lecture Series

Exploring all elements of the tenor voice, this lecture features examples from the greats of the past, discussion on the particularities of certain voices and repertoire, and...

Rosina Schemer or Dreamer? The lesson scene from Rossini's Barber of Seville

Tuesday 14 October 2014, 10.30am

Rosina Schemer or Dreamer? The lesson scene from Rossini's Barber of Seville

Opera Prelude Autumn 2014 Lecture Series

A poster from the Covent Garden in 1900 salutes the great soprano Nellie Melba, come to sing the role of Rosina in The Barber of Seville. But the title of the opera is squeezed in...

A young singer's introduction to Wagnerian repertoire

Thursday 30 October 2014, 10.30am

A young singer's introduction to Wagnerian repertoire

Opera Prelude Autumn 2014 Lecture Series

There are singers and there are Wagnerian singers! That daunting difference will be highlighted as Adriana describes her first attempt at introducing Wagner to her audition...

Fidelio - speaking truth to power

Tuesday 4 November 2014, 10.30am

Fidelio - speaking truth to power

Opera Prelude Autumn 2014 Lecture Series

Beethoven’s inspirational masterpiece delves deep into the universal themes of love, liberty and freedom. He once said of Fidelio, 'Of all my children, this is the one that...

The mezzo-soprano: the performance history of a hybrid voice type

Tuesday 11 November 2014, 10.30am

The mezzo-soprano: the performance history of a hybrid voice type

Opera Prelude Autumn 2014 Lecture Series

The surviving heroine of the Romantic period, the mezzo is often the negative character or the catalyst of the soprano heroine's demise. A look back at the sort of roles she...

Don Giovanni and the conductor

Tuesday 18 November 2014, 10.30am

Don Giovanni and the conductor

Opera Prelude Autumn 2014 Lecture Series

Mark Austin explores the process of putting on an opera from the conductor’s point of view. This talk will give an insight into the role of the conductor in all areas of opera:...

All Hail! - Giulio Cesare

Tuesday 25 November 2014, 10.30am

All Hail! - Giulio Cesare

Opera Prelude Autumn 2014 Lecture Series

As principal composer for the Royal Academy of Music, Handel was already a success in London during the early part of the 18th century. With the premiere of Giulio Cesare in 1724...

Christmas is coming! – a concert lecture with harpsichord

Tuesday 2 December 2014, 10.30am

Christmas is coming! – a concert lecture with harpsichord

Opera Prelude Autumn 2014 Lecture Series

Paola Cuffolo and Nicholas Simpson and friends bring you a Handel concert-lecture, exploring the diversity of Handel's repertoire and the history of how it has been performed.

Opera Prelude 2014 Lecture Season

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!

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