- Rosalind Coad
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 however, he shot to fame and defeated his rivals in the composition of Italian opera. His beautiful musical depiction of the complex characters, particularly the multi-faceted Cleopatra have ensured Cesare’s repeated revival throughout the 20th century and up to the present day. Possibly Handel’s most popular opera, what is it that makes Giulio Cesare stand out among the rest?
Opera is for everyone whether you are new to opera or a seasoned aficionado! You do not need to be an expert to enjoy these 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!
‘For anyone wanting a performer’s eye view of opera, Opera Prelude is ideal: lecture demonstrations by professional singers offering engaging insights on repertory and technique.’ (Country Life magazine)
- Concert Duration:
- 2 hours