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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...

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...

Swinging at the Cotton Club

Friday 22 February 2019, 7.30pm

Swinging at the Cotton Club

Featuring The Lindy Hop Dance Company & The Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra

This action-packed show celebrates the music and dance of the Cotton Club, Harlem's hottest nightclub in 1920s & ’30s New York City. Performances by Duke Ellington, Louis...

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...

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...

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...

Opera Prelude: Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Tuesday 2 April 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

“I have never found a work as dangerously fascinating” (Nietzsche)

Join conductor Mark Austin for an engaging introduction to Wagner’s masterpiece. This lecture will explore one of the most influential compositions ever written, and why it came...

Opera Prelude: ‘Tantrums & Tiaras’

Tuesday 9 April 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: ‘Tantrums & Tiaras’

Nigel Bates was Principal Percussionist of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden. In this morning’s talk, he takes a look at the history, architecture and life...

Opera Prelude: Music in Colour

Tuesday 16 April 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Music in Colour

“When I hear music... I always hear colour complexes in my mind” (Messiaen)

What do you feel when listening to music? Can you see colours, images, geometrical objects, and how does music play on all of our senses? Franz Liszt famously asked orchestral...

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