Events in this series

Opera Prelude: The Opera Awards Masterclass with Dame Anne Evans

Tuesday 29 May 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: The Opera Awards Masterclass with Dame Anne Evans

Dame Anne Evans kindly leads this morning’s event with emerging young singers. She made her debut as Countess Ceprano in _Rigoletto_ in 1967 in Geneva and went on to make her...

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Past events in this series

“The versatile vocalist: from fireworks to fireside”

Tuesday 24 January 2017, 10.30am

“The versatile vocalist: from fireworks to fireside”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

This morning’s lecture explores the process of preparing and performing widely different repertoire, from dazzling coloratura roles to dramatic characters, to the intimate...

“Face to face with Beethoven”

Tuesday 31 January 2017, 10.30am

“Face to face with Beethoven”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

Wagner was obsessed with Beethoven. He arranged the 'Choral' Symphony for piano, wrote a novella in which Beethoven anointed him his successor, and paid elaborate musical homage...

“Renoir’s La Loge – Art & Music of the Parisian Golden Age”

Tuesday 14 February 2017, 10.30am

“Renoir’s La Loge – Art & Music of the Parisian Golden Age”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

'La loge' by Renoir is one of the most famous works in The Courtauld’s collection and considered a masterpiece of the Impressionist movement. In today’s lecture recital, Dr de...

“The Pearl Fishers: Bizet and Orientalism”

Tuesday 21 February 2017, 10.30am

“The Pearl Fishers: Bizet and Orientalism”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

A lecture on Bizet's 'The Pearl Fishers' (1863), a work from relatively early in his career where he first uses many of the techniques that later became his hallmark. It was the...

“Bizet’s Djamileh: The Unexpected Wagnerite”

Tuesday 28 February 2017, 10.30am

“Bizet’s Djamileh: The Unexpected Wagnerite”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

A lecture on Bizet's 'Djamileh' (1870), with its Wagnerian harmony that is rarely associated with Bizet or French opera. Despite its shortcomings as a dramatic piece we will hear...

Masterclass with Susanna Stranders

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 10.30am

Masterclass with Susanna Stranders

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

A masterclass with the esteemed vocal coach Susanna Stranders, Head of Music at Garsington Opera. In a world of endless auditions, it is rare to receive any tangible feedback...

Masterclass with Dame Anne Evans

Tuesday 28 March 2017, 10.30am

Masterclass with Dame Anne Evans

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

Dame Anne Evans will kindly lead this morning’s event with emerging young singers: Alice Privett (soprano) and three past and present International Opera Awards Foundation...

“The Composer and his Muse: the great women behind great men”

Tuesday 25 April 2017, 10.30am

“The Composer and his Muse: the great women behind great men”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

The operatic canon overflows with male composers, and there is no shortage of female roles. Today’s lecture explores the relationships between some exceptional women and the...

“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon”

Tuesday 2 May 2017, 10.30am

“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

Prévost’s L'histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut made an outrageous appearance on the literary scene in 1731 detailing the exploits of the young, beautiful, and...

“From the Script to the Stage – Lights, Curtain, Action!”

Tuesday 23 May 2017, 10.30am

“From the Script to the Stage – Lights, Curtain, Action!”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

Join us for a morning with Sarah Crabtree, Senior Producer for the Royal Opera, where she leads the producing team for the Linbury Theatre. Before joining the ROH, Sarah was one...

Masterclass with Della Jones

Tuesday 30 May 2017, 10.30am

Masterclass with Della Jones

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

The Opera Prelude Song Prize Masterclass with Della Jones. Now in its fourth year, the Opera Prelude Song Prize offers one of our young singers the unique chance of private...

“A Sigh Becomes Song – Transforming Emotion”

Tuesday 6 June 2017, 10.30am

“A Sigh Becomes Song – Transforming Emotion”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

Jenny Miller, singer, director and founder of Barefoot Opera, returns to Opera Prelude to demonstrate the close relationship between instinct, emotional responses, everyday...

Masterclass and discussion with Dame Felicity Lott - ‘Il nous faut de l’amour’

Tuesday 26 September 2017, 10.30am

Masterclass and discussion with Dame Felicity Lott - ‘Il nous faut de l’amour’

Today’s masterclass and discussion celebrates the recent launch of Dame Felicity’s book 'Il nous faut de l’amour', with mezzo Phoebe Haines and accompanied by Maria...

Masterclass with Stuart Skelton and Opera Prelude’s young singers

Tuesday 3 October 2017, 10.30am

Masterclass with Stuart Skelton and Opera Prelude’s young singers

Opera Prelude

Stuart Skelton is one of the finest heldentenors on the stage today, critically acclaimed for his outstanding musicianship, tonal beauty, and intensely dramatic portrayals. His...

Masterclass with Renato Balsadonna and Opera Prelude’s young singers

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 10.30am

Masterclass with Renato Balsadonna and Opera Prelude’s young singers

Opera Prelude

Italian symphonic and operatic conductor, Renato Balsadonna has also held long term positions as Chorus Director at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and at the Royal...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘Fame, Fortune, Mischief and Mayhem’

Tuesday 17 October 2017, 10.30am

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘Fame, Fortune, Mischief and Mayhem’

Singers, composers and the origins of opera in London in the long 18th century

In this talk, Ed Ballard (baritone) explores the early history of opera in London. How did this continental invention first arrive? Who were the singers who performed it, where...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘Made in Iberia’

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 10.30am

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘Made in Iberia’

The operatic output from Portugal & Spain from the Baroque to the Romantic Nationalist Movement

In this morning's lecture we will have a look at the operatic creation in Portugal and Spain through the ages. Starting one of Europe's superstar composers in the 18th century -...

‘Tenor Talks’ - Discussion and masterclass with Ben Johnson and Richard Dowling

Tuesday 31 October 2017, 10.30am

‘Tenor Talks’ - Discussion and masterclass with Ben Johnson and Richard Dowling

Opera Prelude

Acclaimed tenor Ben Johnson represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 and won the Audience Prize. A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and 2008 winner of...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘A Playlist for Jane Austen’

Tuesday 7 November 2017, 10.30am

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘A Playlist for Jane Austen’

Dr Penelope Cave with Sophie Pullen, soprano

Not only is Jane Austen celebrated on the new £10 note in the bicentennial year of her death: her enduring appeal is further portrayed through words and music by soprano, Sophie...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘When Art Danced with Music - Ballet Russes, Diaghilev and his Circle’

Tuesday 21 November 2017, 10.30am

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘When Art Danced with Music - Ballet Russes, Diaghilev and his Circle’

with Dr Natalia Murray, Callie Gaston, soprano, & Maria Levandovskaya, piano

Sergei Diaghilev was one of the most important impresarios of the 20th century. The central figure in the artistic world of St Petersburg, Paris, London, Rome, Berlin and Madrid,...

Discussion and masterclass with Rosalind Plowright and mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey

Tuesday 28 November 2017, 10.30am

Discussion and masterclass with Rosalind Plowright and mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey

Opera Prelude

Rosalind Plowright is one of the most celebrated artists of our time. Her career spans more than 35 years. She was acclaimed as one of the world’s great spinto sopranos...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘We Three Kings’

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 10.30am

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘We Three Kings’

Three of Verdi’s unusual, usurping & unhinged monarchs, from Nabucco, Macbeth & Un giorno di regno

Taking three of Verdi’s relatively early works we delve into the musical handling of Verdi’s monarchs. In these three operas Verdi’s characters utilise disguise, deception...

Opera Prelude: From Sensibility to Sense

Tuesday 6 February 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: From Sensibility to Sense

"The great escape from sentimentality in opera and literature of the 18th and 19th centuries"

Before beginning her current career as soprano and librettist, Becca Marriott read English at Oxford. In this lecture, she returns to her roots, using her extensive knowledge of...

Opera Prelude: Genius and Tragedy

Tuesday 13 February 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Genius and Tragedy

"The lost and found letters of Giuseppe Verdi"

Following the recent rediscovery of private letters between Giuseppe Verdi and Salvadore Cammarano, Dr Simon Maguire of Sotheby’s will begin this morning’s lecture with the...

Opera Prelude Singers’ Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

Tuesday 13 March 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude Singers’ Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

Now in its fifth 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: Don’t Look Back

Tuesday 20 March 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Don’t Look Back

Orpheus’s Adventures in Opera

Orpheus, the so-called father of song, has reached far from his classical roots to influence music and other art forms right up to the present day. His heady mixture of bravado,...

Opera Prelude: Masterclass and Discussion with Susan Bullock

Tuesday 27 March 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Masterclass and Discussion with Susan Bullock

Alex Otterburn (baritone) is one of Scottish Opera’s Emerging Artists for the 2017/18 season and is described by them as a 'name to watch'. He has most recently played the role...

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Janis Kelly

Tuesday 17 April 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Janis Kelly

Masterclass morning with Janis Kelly - heralded as a “singing actress of near genius” (Sunday Times). More details to follow.

Opera Prelude: Jack Furness of Shadwell Opera

Tuesday 24 April 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Jack Furness of Shadwell Opera

Details to follow.

Opera Prelude: The Golden Age of the Imperial Theatres

Tuesday 1 May 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: The Golden Age of the Imperial Theatres

Opera at the Mariinsky, 1890-1917

In this morning’s lecture, Dr Rosamund Bartlett and pianist Maria Levandovskaya take us back to the glory days of imperial St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, highlighting the...

Opera Prelude: Accidents in Opera

Tuesday 8 May 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Accidents in Opera

The mishaps, mayhem and misfortune of productions, singers and theatres

Opera: the most complete art form, and (most of the time) a stunning blend of music, stagecraft, lighting and passion – but what happens when it all goes wrong? Ask any singer...

Opera Prelude: Happily Never After

Tuesday 22 May 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Happily Never After

Why are we so drawn to operatic tragedy?

Tosca, plummeting to her doom from the roof of the Castel Sant’Angelo; Juliette, stabbing herself to be reunited with her dying lover Romeo; Rodrigo, shot in front of his...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017-18

Opera Prelude is a small charity, run by volunteers and dedicated to supporting the next generation of operatic talent with the all-round skills to succeed in a highly competitive industry.

Since its launch in 2010, it has been bringing opera into the community, engaging, educating and involving audiences through its accessible, opera related events which provide experience and fairly-paid performance opportunities for its young artists.

Join them for an exciting season of lecture recitals, discussion mornings and celebrity masterclasses.

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