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Around the World in 80 Days

Wednesday 2 August - Saturday 2 September 2017

Around the World in 80 Days

The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life's fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as...

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Live on Stage!

Thursday 3 August - Sunday 3 September 2017

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Live on Stage!

Join a quest to find a bear in this fun-filled adaptation of Michael Rosen’s award-winning book. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure –...

Wildlife filmmaking

Tuesday 12 September 2017, 7.30pm

Wildlife filmmaking

Behind the scenes of Planet Earth II with Dr Chadden Hunter

A talk by award-winning producer Dr Chadden Hunter, as he reveals the secrets of making Planet Earth II, gives rare insights into wildlife filmmaking and shares never-before-seen...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 -...

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‘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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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Henning Wehn

Saturday 2 December 2017, 7.30pm

Henning Wehn

Westphalia is not an option

Join German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. After his last show tackled those well-known staples of light entertainment that are...

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...

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The Snowman and Carnival of the Animals

Wednesday 20 December 2017, 1.30pm and 4.30pm

The Snowman and Carnival of the Animals

Mozart Symphony Orchestra

A film screening of The Snowman with the Mozart Symphony Orchestra providing a live soundtrack, and Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, with lots of extras and fun surprises!

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