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January 2018

Made in Iberia – a look through the operatic output from Portugal and Spain from the Baroque to the Romantic Nationalist Movement – Ricardo Panela (baritone), accompanied by Natalie Burch

January 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Morris Room 2 at The Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AG United Kingdom
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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 - Marcos Portugal - we will then all the way to Iberian Romantics Manuel de Falla, João Arroyo and Alfredo Keil. Focusing on the work of Marcos Portugal, an extraordinarily popular figure in the European operatic scene, we will learn about one of the very few composers whose output covers…

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Love’s Philosophy – songs by Schumann, Fauré, Quilter & Dove

January 31 @ 7:00 pm

St. John’s Notting Hill, Lansdowne Crescent, W11 2NN 19.00 (Doors open at 18.30) Opera Prelude Young Artist Amy Lyddon (mezzo-soprano) is joined by award-winning collaborative pianist Ian Tindale for a journey through longing, love and loss. Fauré's sensual Cinq mélodies de Venise form the prelude to Jonathan Dove's All You Who Sleep Tonight, a beautiful and haunting new cycle of poems by Vikram Seth. Schumann's exquisite Frauenliebe und -leben tells of love through the female gaze, before songs by Roger…

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February 2018

From Sensibility to Sense: the great escape from sentimentality in opera and literature of the 18th and 19th centuries – Becca Marriott (soprano) accompanied by Natalie Burch

February 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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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 both literature and music to guide us past those "truths universally acknowledged" that we all think we know to explore the story of how art escaped the iron grip of sentimentality. From Norina, laughing at her overblown romance in Don Pasquale, to Adina and Rosina, heroines blessed (or cursed?) with a healthy…

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Genius and Tragedy: the lost and found letters of Giuseppe Verdi – Dr Simon Maguire, Lewis Gaston (conductor), accompanied by Natalie Burch

February 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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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 thrilling tale of their preservation, saved for the nation by the Italian government whilst they were on the brink of vanishing into a private collection. It is difficult to imagine a greater addition to Verdi Studies in recent years. These new letters, with particular reference to Alzira (1845), La Battaglia di Legnano, Luisa Miller (both…

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Zwischenfach: Stuck in the Middle with You – Shades of Grey in a Black-and-White Industry – Rosie Clifford (mezzo), accompanied by Natalie Burch

February 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square
London, London SW1W 8AS United Kingdom
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The term zwischenfach is a hard to pronounce and frequently misused one; literally “between fachs”, the meaning of it only becomes clear when we gain a greater understanding of the German fach system of categorising voices. Yet this system is itself a relatively recent invention, and as with any method of labelling, we are faced with the enduring question: what happens to the voices that fall between? Rosie Clifford is herself a zwischenfach, and in this lecture will explore what…

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Zwischenfach: Stuck in the Middle with You – Shades of Grey in a Black-and-White Industry – Rosie Clifford (mezzo), accompanied by Natalie Burch

February 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Morris Room 2 at The Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AG United Kingdom
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The term zwischenfach is a hard to pronounce and frequently misused one; literally “between fachs”, the meaning of it only becomes clear when we gain a greater understanding of the German fach system of categorising voices. Yet this system is itself a relatively recent invention, and as with any method of labelling, we are faced with the enduring question: what happens to the voices that fall between? Rosie Clifford is herself a zwischenfach, and in this lecture will explore what…

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March 2018

The Works of an Artist. TBC …. James Way (tenor) and Natalie Burch (piano)

March 7

The first half of the programme explores the realms of musical instruments and musicians within the song repertoire. Opening with Shakespeare's famous text If music be the food of love set by Henry Purcell and wonderfully arranged for piano by Benjamin Britten we are given an immediate statement of the importance of music and art within human existence. The rest of the first half draws on music from the German song repertoire and explores portrayals of specific musical instruments and…

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The Opera Prelude Singers’ Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

March 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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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 leading mezzo-sopranos. We are most grateful to her for the generosity she continues to show Opera Prelude’s young singers and also for the generosity of our Friends Programme subscribers who have made this prize possible. Join us for the finals of our Singers’ Prize and await Della’s choice of winner which…

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Don’t Look Back: Orpheus’s Adventures in Opera – Sophie Pullen (soprano) accompanied by Natalie Burch

March 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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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, passion, charm and indelible musical gifts enabled him to save Jason and the Argonauts from the hypnotic Sirens, to enter the underworld unheeded and to inspire multiple operas in every century since the 1600s! Even his demise at the hands of Dionysus’s Maenads could not quell his indefatigable voice…

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‘Fame, Fortune, Mischief and Mayhem’ – Singers, composers and the origins of opera in London in the long 18th Century: Ed Ballard (baritone) Sofia Larsson (soprano) accompanied by Natalie Burch.

March 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Morris Room 2 at The Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AG United Kingdom
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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 and for whom? Who was composing for them? And how were these performances so different to the way we understand a night at the opera today? Looking at this period helps us understand how London came to be such an important city both in the performance of opera and in the…

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A masterclass and discussion morning with Susan Bullock and Alex Otterburn (baritone) accompanied by Maria Levandovskaya

March 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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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 of Eddy in their production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek, alongside the magnificent Susan Bullock. In this morning’s discussion and masterclass, he will explore Susan’s astonishing career with her, followed by a chance to work on his own repertoire with this wonderful artist. Susan Bullock’s unique position as one of the world’s…

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April 2018

Masterclass morning with Janis Kelly

April 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Touched by the Divine – songs by Schubert, Haydn and Schumann – Clementi House, Kensington Church Street, W8

April 19 @ 7:00 pm

Anna Harvey (mezzo) and Mark Austin (piano) perform a journey in song exploring various aspects of the Divine. Haydn’s extraordinary quasi-operatic cantata for voice and keyboard brings destiny into the drawing room as Ariadne, cruelly abandoned by Theseus, moves us with her fate. Schubert’s Lieder enchant with their lyrical depictions of nature and one of Schumann's best-loved song cycles sets exquisite poetry by Eichendorff which aims to transcend earthly experience.  Venue - Clementi House, Kensington Church Street, W8 Tickets £40

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Jack Furness & Amy Lyddon – Shadwell Opera

April 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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From Sensibility to Sense: the great escape from sentimentality in opera and literature of the 18th and 19th centuries – Becca Marriott (soprano) accompanied by Natalie Burch

April 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Morris Room 2 at The Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AG United Kingdom
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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 both literature and music to guide us past those "truths universally acknowledged" that we all think we know to explore the story of how art escaped the iron grip of sentimentality. From Norina, laughing at her overblown romance in Don Pasquale, to Adina and Rosina, heroines blessed (or cursed?) with a healthy…

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May 2018

The Golden Age of the Imperial Theatres: Opera at the Mariinsky, 1890-1917 Dr Rosamund Bartlett, Sophie Pullen (soprano) and Maria Levandovskaya (piano)

May 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Rosamund Bartlett is a cultural historian of Russia with expertise in music, art, and literature. Her publications include Wagner and Russia and Victory Over the Sun: The World’s First Futurist Opera, as well as biographies of Chekhov and Tolstoy, whose works she has translated for Oxford World’s Classics. She is regularly invited to contribute to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and to the programmes of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and in 2017 was commissioned by the Salzburg Festival…

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Accidents in Opera: the mishaps, mayhem and misfortune of productions, singers and theatres – Alex Haigh (tenor), accompanied by Natalie Burch

May 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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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 and they will have a hundred stories of errors and accidents onstage, most of which go unnoticed by the audience. There are, however, always one or two that simply can’t be explained away! Tenor Alex Haigh will explore just what happens when the worst occurs in this morning’s…

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Don’t Look Back: Orpheus’s Adventures in Opera – Sophie Pullen (soprano) accompanied by Natalie Burch

May 18 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Morris Room 2 at The Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AG United Kingdom
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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, passion, charm and indelible musical gifts enabled him to save Jason and the Argonauts from the hypnotic Sirens, to enter the underworld unheeded and to inspire multiple operas in every century since the 1600s! Even his demise at the hands of Dionysus’s Maenads could not quell his indefatigable voice…

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Happily Never After – why are we so drawn to operatic tragedy? Rosie Clifford (mezzo) accompanied by Natalie Burch

May 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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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 powerless best friend; opera is full of beloved characters meeting grisly ends and sad endings, and audiences can’t get enough! What is it about watching misery onstage that so appeals to our collective psyche? In this lecture, Rosie Clifford will take us on a voyage through the history of tragedy, from…

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September 2018

Happily Never After – why are we so drawn to operatic tragedy? Rosie Clifford (mezzo) accompanied by Natalie Burch

September 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Morris Room 2 at The Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AG United Kingdom
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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 powerless best friend; opera is full of beloved characters meeting grisly ends and sad endings, and audiences can’t get enough! What is it about watching misery onstage that so appeals to our collective psyche? In this lecture, Rosie Clifford will take us on a voyage through the history of tragedy, from…

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October 2018

Accidents in Opera: the mishaps, mayhem and misfortune of productions, singers and theatres – Alex Haigh (tenor), accompanied by Natalie Burch

October 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
The Morris Room 2 at The Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AG United Kingdom
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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 and they will have a hundred stories of errors and accidents onstage, most of which go unnoticed by the audience. There are, however, always one or two that simply can’t be explained away! Tenor Alex Haigh will explore just what happens when the worst occurs in this morning’s…

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November 2018

Jack Furness & Amy Lyddon – Shadwell Opera

November 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Morris Room 2 at The Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AG United Kingdom
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