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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...

The Fire of Orpheus

Saturday 26 January 2019, 7.00pm

The Fire of Orpheus

The Fire of Orpheus Foundation warmly invites you to a musical tale exploring the landscapes of the voice and the creative traditions of the land of Orpheus. Traditional and...

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: “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: 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...

The Sixteen

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 7.30pm

The Sixteen

Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610

The Sixteen revisits one of the most magnificent pieces of the classical repertoire, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, famed for its thrilling rhythms, grand choruses and beautiful...

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday 14 February 2019, 7.30pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Valentine's Day Opera Gala

Allow yourself to be swept off your feet for an evening of passion and drama from the world of opera in this Valentine’s Day Opera Gala. Performed by the exciting soprano Elin...

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: 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: 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...

The Gesualdo Six

Thursday 7 March 2019, 7.30pm

The Gesualdo Six

Passion and Polyphony

Exploring a relationship between old and new, sacred and secular, our programme juxtaposes Tallis with Talbot and Tormis in an exhibition of some of the finest consort works from...

Shrewsbury School Symphony and Wind Orchestras in Concert

Sunday 10 March 2019, 6.00pm

Shrewsbury School Symphony and Wind Orchestras in Concert

A concert given by current and former pupils of Shrewsbury School and guests, featuring performances by Scholars and musicians from one of the country’s leading schools with a...

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,...

Reed’s School Gala Concert

Tuesday 12 March 2019, 7.30pm

Reed’s School Gala Concert

Reed’s School musicians perform an electrifying programme of music to suit all tastes, including works by Paganini, Sakamoto, Gershwin, Weber, Rosauro and Rimsky-Korsakov. ...

English Chamber Orchestra

Saturday 16 March 2019, 7.30pm

English Chamber Orchestra

with Ben Goldscheider, horn & Ben Johnson, tenor

Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Ravel’s exuberant Le tombeau de Couperin and Stravinsky’s Baroque-inspired Pulcinella Suite. Plus Suite of Six Songs from...

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