- with Phoebe Haines, mezzo-soprano
The great Joan Sutherland was once quoted as saying, ‘If I weren’t reasonably placid, I don’t think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, one has to be absolutely like a horse!’ With growing demands being placed on the shoulders of young singers, Phoebe uses this lecture to explore the increasing pressures of today’s industry on acting singers/singing actors and the challenges of performing before an audience. She discusses the importance of acting in opera and expressing heightened emotions on stage whilst maintaining dramatic integrity. Her talk is illustrated with anecdotal insights from across the footlights.
Opera is for everyone whether you are new to opera or a seasoned aficionado! You do not need to be an expert to enjoy our 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 qualifications are necessary to attend. The audience is not required to sing!
- Concert Duration:
- 2 hours