Past events in this series

‘One of Opera’s Golden Ages – Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti’

Tuesday 27 January 2015, 10.30am

‘One of Opera’s Golden Ages – Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti’

The history of Italian opera is often considered as a continuously developing artistic tradition lasting some 300 years, with the first half of the 19th century considered to be...

Della Jones Masterclass

Tuesday 3 February 2015, 10.30am

Della Jones Masterclass

A masterclass led by the renowned mezzo-soprano Della Jones with Opera Prelude’s young singers Paola Cuffolo, Phoebe Haines and Callie Swarbrick. Opera Prelude works with...

‘Signore ascolta!’ – the tragedy of silence, Puccini, Orientalism and miscommunication

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 10.30am

‘Signore ascolta!’ – the tragedy of silence, Puccini, Orientalism and miscommunication

In this lecture Becca Marriott will explore the concepts of Exoticism and Orientalism in verismo opera and how Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Turandot uphold and defy our ideas...

‘Running the risk of Rossini – a young singer’s experience of becoming a Rossini mezzo’

Tuesday 24 February 2015, 10.30am

‘Running the risk of Rossini – a young singer’s experience of becoming a Rossini mezzo’

Paola has been passionate about Rossini from a very young age, so you can imagine her excitement when she first discovered it was something she might be able to sing. From trying...

‘Il trovatore. Wanted: the four greatest singers in the world!’

Tuesday 3 March 2015, 10.30am

‘Il trovatore. Wanted: the four greatest singers in the world!’

This lecture discusses one of Verdi's most famous operas, Il trovatore. Usually dismissed because of its silly, intricate and over-the-top plot, Il trovatore is one of Verdi's...

‘The Battle of the Bohèmes’

Tuesday 10 March 2015, 10.30am

‘The Battle of the Bohèmes’

This morning's lecture examines Puccini's masterpiece and Leoncavallo's version published only a year apart. Puccini's well-loved work has found long-lasting fame and is part of...

‘Staging Opera in the Modern Age: the dilemmas faced by conductors, directors and performers’

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 10.30am

‘Staging Opera in the Modern Age: the dilemmas faced by conductors, directors and performers’

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...

Dame Felicity Lott Masterclass

Tuesday 14 April 2015, 10.30am

Dame Felicity Lott Masterclass

with Adriana Festeu, Ricardo Panela and Aidan Coburn

An invitation to an open rehearsal of Mercadante’s Don Chisciotte

Tuesday 21 April 2015, 10.30am

An invitation to an open rehearsal of Mercadante’s Don Chisciotte

with five young singers and conductor Lewis Gaston

In preparation for our high profile event on 30 April at Leighton House, we invite you to join us behind-the-scenes! Observe a portion of a working rehearsal, with Opera...

‘The Romance of Romeo’

Tuesday 28 April 2015, 10.30am

‘The Romance of Romeo’

with Tyler Clarke, tenor

Romeo and Juliet has inspired some of the greatest composers, opera producers and ballet directors throughout centuries. Tyler considers the differing roles of Romeo in some of...

‘Mozart’s Men – Step into the lives and relationships of his greatest male protagonists!’

Tuesday 5 May 2015, 10.30am

‘Mozart’s Men – Step into the lives and relationships of his greatest male protagonists!’

with Alex Otterburn, baritone

Alex focuses on the male relationships in Mozart’s Da Ponte operas, with an exploration of some of our favourite characters and the ones we love to hate.

‘Playing the other’

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 10.30am

‘Playing the other’

with Anna Harvey, mezzo-soprano

Ferrier semi-finalist, Anna Harvey has played many roles in her burgeoning and varied career including a man, boy, dog, bodily substance and a psychedelic messenger (!) In...

‘Conducting La Traviata’

Tuesday 19 May 2015, 10.30am

‘Conducting La Traviata’

with Mark Austin, conductor, and Ricardo Panela, baritone

Mark Austin discusses La traviata and considers its music and drama from a conductor's point of view. He will survey some of the questions the conductor must ask when performing...

‘From Don Magnifico to The Major General: the pitter patter of patter songs’

Tuesday 2 June 2015, 10.30am

‘From Don Magnifico to The Major General: the pitter patter of patter songs’

with Alex Haigh, tenor

In this light hearted, fast tempo lecture, Alex will explore the history and origins of the Patter songs, in opera and beyond; a journey from 480BC to the present day. He will...

Opera Prelude 2015 Lecture Season

Opera Prelude works with some of the country’s finest young singers at the start of their careers, hosting lecture recitals, concerts, operas and masterclasses. Every ticket sold, subscription or donation made directly supports Opera Prelude’s chosen singers.

To book any of the Opera Prelude events or for more information please call Fiona Hamilton on 07908 894333 or 01491 578370.

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