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Opera Prelude: Passionate Choices

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Passionate Choices

Love & Duty in Verdi’s operas

Few other composers have so perfectly explored the complexity of duty vs. personal relationships like Verdi. Focusing on some of his most well-known compositions, this lecture...

Levison Wood lecture & short film showing

Wednesday 23 January 2019, 7.15pm

Levison Wood lecture & short film showing

Your chance to hear Tusk’s Ambassador, the explorer and author Levison Wood, recounting tales from his most ambitious expedition yet - a 5,000-mile circumnavigation of the...

Opera Prelude: “Signore Ascolta!”

Tuesday 29 January 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: “Signore Ascolta!”

The tragedy of Silence. Puccini, Orientalism & 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...

Opera Prelude: “Con Amore”

Tuesday 5 February 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: “Con Amore”

The spectrum of romantic declaration in the tenor repertoire

Love is the tenor's realm. Look through any compilation of tenor arias from history's greatest operas and you will find that love and romance is the overwhelming theme. That word...

Opera Prelude: Hidden Figures

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Hidden Figures

The famous and forgotten of operatic history

As an art form, opera stands entirely alone; a unique blend of music, drama, poetry and emotion. It is as addictive, glamorous and fascinating now as it was at its...

The Sixteen

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 7.30pm

The Sixteen

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610

The Sixteen revisits one of the most magnificent pieces of the classical repertoire, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, famed for its thrilling rhythms, grand choruses and beautiful...

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Opera Prelude: The 2019 Opera Prelude Singer’s Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

Tuesday 19 February 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: The 2019 Opera Prelude Singer’s Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

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

Opera Prelude: Concert Figaro with Michael Chance

Tuesday 26 February 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Concert Figaro with Michael Chance

Droit du Seigneur in the #metoo age

A musical insight with Michael Chance accompanied by rising young mezzo-soprano Amy Lyddon who will be performing a range of arias. Over more than 30 years, Michael Chance has...

Opera Prelude: Renato Balsadonna masterclass and discussion

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Renato Balsadonna masterclass and discussion

Italian conductor Renato Balsadonna was Chorus Director of the Royal Opera Chorus 2004–16, during which time he prepared the Royal Opera Chorus for all their productions with...

The Gesualdo Six

Thursday 7 March 2019, 7.30pm

The Gesualdo Six

Passion and Polyphony

Exploring a relationship between old and new, sacred and secular, our programme juxtaposes Tallis with Talbot and Tormis in an exhibition of some of the finest consort works from...

Opera Prelude: The Craft of the Opera Composer

Tuesday 12 March 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: The Craft of the Opera Composer

with Jonathan Darnborough

Great opera composers have one thing in common - they combine musical genius with a strong dramatic gift. In this illustrated talk Jonathan Darnborough explores the techniques,...

Opera Prelude: La traviata – Fact, Fiction and Mythology

Tuesday 19 March 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: La traviata – Fact, Fiction and Mythology

‘La dame aux Camelias’ was a real woman, Alphonsine Duplessis. But how much of her real character and story survived the journey from real life to novel, to stage play to...

Ealing Choral Society

Saturday 23 March 2019, 7.00pm

Ealing Choral Society

Bach: St John Passion

Ealing Choral Society is thrilled to return to Cadogan Hall, alongside a superb quintet of soloists and Sinfonia Brittanica, to perform the magnificent Bach St John Passion. ...

Opera Prelude: Pulling the Heart Strings

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Pulling the Heart Strings

The harp in opera

A discussion about the special relationship between the soprano voice and the harp in opera through the ages. This engaging duo has been performing together for a number of years...

Wimbledon High School

Wednesday 27 March 2019, 7.30pm

Wimbledon High School

Dance forms the theme for the first half of Wimbledon High’s return to Cadogan Hall with an exciting range of orchestral music from Brahms to Márquez performed by the WHS...

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