Past events in this series

Masterclass by Rosalind Plowright

Tuesday 13 October 2015, 10.30am

Masterclass by Rosalind Plowright

Opera Prelude Autumn 2015-16 Lecture Season

Masterclass led by Rosalind Plowright, OBE with Opera Prelude’s young singers: Callie Swarbrick (soprano), Becca Marriott (soprano) and Alberto Sousa (tenor).

Puccini: His Life and Cinematic Legacy

Tuesday 27 October 2015, 10.30am

Puccini: His Life and Cinematic Legacy

Opera Prelude Autumn 2015-16 Lecture Season

Puccini never composed for film, but his music was co-opted by film directors on a regular basis; he even filed a law suit or two to stop them! However we know he had a...

Entartete Musik – Fascism, Communism and Opera in the 20th Century

Tuesday 3 November 2015, 10.30am

Entartete Musik – Fascism, Communism and Opera in the 20th Century

Opera Prelude Autumn 2015-16 Lecture Season

Following Ricardo's previous lecture on 'Trouble at the Opera' which looked at censorship on the development of opera up to the 19th century, this morning we will travel to...

Hansel and Gretel: an Opera Bewitched by Music

Tuesday 10 November 2015, 10.30am

Hansel and Gretel: an Opera Bewitched by Music

Opera Prelude Autumn 2015-16 Lecture Season

Conductor Mark Austin explores Humperdinck's masterpiece Hansel and Gretel and its rich, enchanting score. He will work with mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey and soprano Callie Swarbrick...

A Class Act: the Vocal Status, Style and Substance of Mozart's Women

Tuesday 17 November 2015, 10.30am

A Class Act: the Vocal Status, Style and Substance of Mozart's Women

Opera Prelude Autumn 2015-16 Lecture Season

From Pergolesi to Puccini, but with particular reference to Mozart’s famous Da Ponte operas, Becca will examine how composers create the feisty working woman's voice; in...

L’elisir d’amore: Love and Sorrow Ignited

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 10.30am

L’elisir d’amore: Love and Sorrow Ignited

Opera Prelude Autumn 2015-16 Lecture Season

L'elisir d'amore is one of the most frequently performed of all Donizetti’s operas and considered a masterpiece of 19th century opera buffa. Combining a touching love story with...

Staging Opera in the Modern Age: the Dilemmas Faced by Conductors, Directors and Performers

Tuesday 1 December 2015, 10.30am

Staging Opera in the Modern Age: the Dilemmas Faced by Conductors, Directors and Performers

Opera Prelude Autumn 2015-16 Lecture Season

When producing operas decades, often centuries after they were written, there are a seemingly endless number of conceptual, musical and directorial decisions that the creative...

Staged Oratorio: Is it Opera? Exploring Staging Handel's Messiah

Tuesday 8 December 2015, 10.30am

Staged Oratorio: Is it Opera? Exploring Staging Handel's Messiah

Opera Prelude Autumn 2015-16 Lecture Season

Paola Cuffolo and Anna Harvey introduce the history of staging sacred oratorio, from its beginnings in 17th-century Venice to the recent trend for staged Handel oratorios, Bach...

The Opera Prelude Song Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

Tuesday 2 February 2016, 10.30am

The Opera Prelude Song Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

Opera Prelude Spring Season 2016

Now in its third year, The Opera Prelude Song Prize offers one of our young singers the unique chance of private masterclasses with Della Jones, one of Great Britain’s leading...

Shakespeare in Love

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 10.30am

Shakespeare in Love

Opera Prelude Spring Season 2016

Shakespeare has long been a prolific quarry for the writers of opera librettos and Romeo and Juliet is no exception. There are about two dozen written on the great love story, the...

Reputation, reputation, reputation! - An examination of the two Italian Othellos

Tuesday 23 February 2016, 10.30am

Reputation, reputation, reputation! - An examination of the two Italian Othellos

Opera Prelude Spring Season 2016

Verdi's Otello has gone down in the operatic canon as the epitome of his late style, a masterpiece that encapsulates the essence of not only Shakespeare's Moor, but Desdemona and...

The English Approach to Shakespeare

Tuesday 8 March 2016, 10.30am

The English Approach to Shakespeare

Opera Prelude Spring Season 2016

This morning’s lecture recital will consider how two of England’s most famous composers, Henry Purcell (1659–1695) and Benjamin Britten (1913–1976), have set England’s...

Yet, here's a spot - Macbeth through the eyes of Verdi

Tuesday 15 March 2016, 10.30am

Yet, here's a spot - Macbeth through the eyes of Verdi

Opera Prelude Spring Season 2016

This lecture will explore how Verdi adapted Shakespeare's tale of ruthless ambition to one of the greatest operas of all time. We'll see how despite being an early opera in the...

The Thrill of the Countertenor Voice - Breaking Expectations

Tuesday 22 March 2016, 10.30am

The Thrill of the Countertenor Voice - Breaking Expectations

Opera Prelude Spring Season 2016

Since Alfred Deller shocked and delighted audiences, countertenors have grown hugely in popularity, and are now in increasing demand in opera houses across the world. The...

Masterclass with Dame Anne Evans

Tuesday 12 April 2016, 10.30am

Masterclass with Dame Anne Evans

in conjunction with the International Opera Awards

Dame Anne Evans kindly leads this morning’s event with three emerging young singers, two of whom are International Opera Awards Bursary winners. Since their inauguration in...

Verdi: Why Rigoletto had to be ugly

Tuesday 19 April 2016, 10.30am

Verdi: Why Rigoletto had to be ugly

After Bel Canto Lecture Series with Maestro Lewis Gaston

This lecture looks at how Verdi transforms the seemingly eternal world of bel canto and Rossini into an art form that puts the text of the opera on an equal footing to the music....

Opera and the other arts: Why Cavelleria Rusticana & Pagliacci hit the spot

Tuesday 26 April 2016, 10.30am

Opera and the other arts: Why Cavelleria Rusticana & Pagliacci hit the spot

After Bel Canto Lecture Series with Maestro Lewis Gaston

In this lecture we look at two of the most successful operas of all time, and why they hit the right note. Using painting, poetry and literature from the 19th century, it’s...

Puccini & Deception: Tosca and the machine behind the man

Tuesday 3 May 2016, 10.30am

Puccini & Deception: Tosca and the machine behind the man

After Bel Canto Lecture Series with Maestro Lewis Gaston

Tosca is in the repertory of every major opera house in the world but like all of Puccini’s compositions, it got off to a very shaky start. This lecture looks at the hidden...

The End of Italian Opera: Puccini’s Turandot and post-Verismo Opera

Tuesday 10 May 2016, 10.30am

The End of Italian Opera: Puccini’s Turandot and post-Verismo Opera

After Bel Canto Lecture Series with Maestro Lewis Gaston

As the final lecture in the After Bel Canto Lecture Series, we look at how both Germany and Italy reflected on each other’s musical culture. Often seen as a cut and dry argument...

The mezzo-soprano as prima donna

Tuesday 17 May 2016, 10.30am

The mezzo-soprano as prima donna

Adriana Festeu, mezzo-soprano

Throughout the history of opera the leading lady has mesmerized audiences through the intense characters they were projecting on stage as well as off stage. We are accustomed for...

'Faustian pact': an introduction to the Faust legend and its music

Tuesday 24 May 2016, 10.30am

'Faustian pact': an introduction to the Faust legend and its music

Mark Austin, conductor

Conductor Mark Austin presents a lively and accessible introduction to the legend of Faust and the music it has inspired. Composers have been inspired by the figure of Faust since...

Scenes of Summer: Lily, Lily, Rose

Tuesday 7 June 2016, 10.30am

Scenes of Summer: Lily, Lily, Rose

An end of term talk and recital celebration with a glass of wine! The celebrated American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was also an accomplished musician and would...

Opera Prelude 2015-16 Lecture Season

Giving Young Singes a Start. Opera Prelude is a small charity, passionate about opera, with the needs of young singers at the heart of what we do. We believe that opera is for everyone whether you are new to opera or a seasoned aficionado – its affordable, friendly and inclusive events form a bridge across the footlights, introducing you to young opera singers and their diverse enriching art form.

Tickets available from Fiona Hamilton on 07908 894333 or www.operaprelude.com

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