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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: “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: “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: ‘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: Britain after Britten

Tuesday 14 May 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Britain after Britten

The revival of British opera post 1945

‘We never seem to get over looking for the next Benjamin Britten. It’s a stupid game’ – Robert Saxton, Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama...

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: 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: 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: Mozart's Masterful Characterisation

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Mozart's Masterful Characterisation

A focus on his female roles

In his short 35-year life, this musical genius wrote melodies which are still celebrated 350 years later. Mozart had more than just musicality – he understood how to create...

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...

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...

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: 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 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...

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,...

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