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September 2017

Opera Prelude’s Summer Opera Evening in conjunction with Opera Holloway: Cosi Fan Tutte (A fully staged production sung in Italian)

September 15 @ 7:00 pm

Opera Holloway returns to Henley with a hilarious production of Così Fan Tutte. Set during World War Two, sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella appear as Landgirls forced to watch their boyfriends go off to war earlier than expected. Through trickery and  plenty of comical disguises, their sweethearts seek to find out how faithful the two girls really are. With sublime music by Mozart and an astonishingly talented cast performing with string quartet and piano accompaniment, this will be a captivating show.  Conductor – Lewis…

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

September 17 @ 3:00 pm
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN, Somerset House, Strand
London, WC2R 0RN United Kingdom
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with Dr. Charlotte de Mille and Alex Haigh (tenor) accompanied by Natalie Burch (piano) La Loge, (The Theatre Box), by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, is one of the most famous works in The Courtauld’s collection and considered a masterpiece of the Impressionist movement. Painted in 1874, Renoir depicts fashionable Parisians enjoying an evening out at the theatre. In La Loge, Renoir, perhaps surprisingly, turns our attention away from the stage and directs our gaze towards the audience, encouraging us to consider performance…

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“Il nous faut de l’amour”

September 26 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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A masterclass and discussion morning with Dame Felicity Lott and Phoebe Haines (mezzo) accompanied by Maria Levandovskaya Today’s masterclass and discussion celebrates the recent launch of Dame Felicity’s book “Il nous faut de l’amour” (co-written with Olivier Bellamy). During the first half of the morning, Phoebe will have the great privilege of interviewing Dame Felicity. We will delve into her history as one of the great exponents of the Strauss and Mozart operatic repertoire (having sung both Octavian and the…

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HIDDEN COMPOSERS: WOMEN WHO DARED TO COMPOSE IN A MAN’S WORLD

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Near Henley on Thames, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire + Google Map

Anna Beer, Sophie Pullen (soprano) and accompanied by Natalie Burch Part of our new “Opera and the other Arts” Lecture Recital Series Join Anna Beer, author of a meticulously researched book, honouring eight female composers who defied the odds and thrived in a man’s world. In our lecture recital, Anna will ask why it is that although both Mendelssohn’s were composers, it is Felix not Fanny who is remembered? During the course of the morning, Sophie Pullen (soprano) will sing…

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October 2017

Masterclass with Stuart Skelton

October 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Amy Lyddon (mezzo), Alex Haigh (tenor) and Ed Ballard (baritone) accompanied by Natalie Burch Stuart Skelton, winner of the 2014 International Opera Awards for Best Male Singer and 2 Helpmann Awards, is one of the finest heldentenors on the stage today.  His repertoire encompasses some of opera’s most challenging roles, from Wagner's Tristan, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Rienzi, Siegmund and Erik to Strauss’s Kaiser and Bacchus, Janacek’s Laca, Saint-Saens’ Samson, Beethoven's Florestan and Britten’s Peter Grimes. He has been critically acclaimed for his beautiful voice, outstanding musicianship and his intensely dramatic portrayals in performances on the leading concert…

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Masterclass with Renato Balsadonna

October 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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An Italian symphonic and operatic conductor, Renato Balsadonna is also recognised as the most highly regarded Chorus Director of his generation.  He has enjoyed a long working relationship with Sir Antonio Pappano, who appointed him Chorus Director at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in 1997, and Chorus Director at The Royal Opera House in 2004.  During his tenure as Chorus Director of the Royal Opera House he gained recognition for his considerable gifts as an orchestral conductor, conducting a number…

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“The diva and the divas – Tosca and the women who have sung her” Becca Marriott (soprano) accompanied by Natalie Burch

October 13 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Near Henley on Thames, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire + Google Map

In this lecture Becca will examine one of the most iconic and misinterpreted heroines of the opera tradition, exploring what drives her character and how the best-loved (and hated) divas of the past 125 years have created and interpreted her.  Referencing Puccini's letters, Sardou's tragic play and the opera's historic context as well as the performances of singers such as Callas and Darclèe (for whom the role was created) and some of our more 'love or hate' contemporary divas. Becca will explore…

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‘Fame, Fortune, Mischief and Mayhem’ – Singers, composers and the origins of opera in London in the long 18th Century.

October 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Ed Ballard (baritone) TBC (soprano) and accompanied by Natalie Burch. 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…

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‘Made in Iberia – a look through the operatic output from Portugal and Spain from the Baroque to the Romantic Nationalist Movement’

October 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Ricardo Panela (baritone), accompanied by Natalie Burch   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 move to Spain and the works of Martin y Soler, all the way to Iberian Romantics Manuel de Falla, João Arroyo and Alfredo Keil.    Tickets £30

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The Three Tenors in Concert: an evening of opera and song with Opera Prelude’s young artists.

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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This evening will be a joint fund-raiser for The Chiltern Centre which aims to offer a helping hand to children and young people with disabilities – enabling them to live life to the full whilst giving a lifeline of support to families and parents caring for a disabled child. Registered charity number 1101218. Tickets £30

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Tenor Talks – A discussion and Masterclass morning with Ben Johnson and Richard Dowling accompanied by Natalie Burch

October 31 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Tickets £30

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November 2017

Jane Austen’s Play List: Music in the Georgian Novel

November 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Sophie Pullen (soprano), accompanied by Natalie Burch   Tickets £30

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Leighton’s Musics: The artist and his musical circle of friends.

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Road
London, W14 8LZ United Kingdom
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Tickets £40 to include interval drinks and a programme

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Jane Austen’s Play List: Music in the Georgian Nove

November 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Near Henley on Thames, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire + Google Map

Sophie Pullen (soprano), accompanied by Natalie Burch   Tickets £20

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“Exaggerated Reality: commedia dell’arte in French art and music”

November 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square
London, London SW1W 8AS United Kingdom
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Dr Charlotte de Mille and Rosie Clifford (mezzo) accompanied by Natalie Burch Part of our new “Opera and the other Arts” Lecture Recital Series Join The Courtauld Gallery’s art historian and curator of music education, Dr. Charlotte de Mille for an exploration of the Gallery’s images of commedia from Watteau through to Manet, Degas, Cezanne and Picasso, with music by Debussy and Faure performed and introduced and performed by Rosie Clifford (mezzo) accompanied by Natalie Burch. Tickets £30 Dr Charlotte…

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‘Heroes and Victims of the Revolution’ with Dr. Natalia Murray, Maria Levandovskaya (piano) and Callie Gaston (soprano)

November 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Tickets £30

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Love and War – Opera Arias and Duets for Soprano, Countertenor and Baritone

November 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street
London, SW1X 9BZ United Kingdom
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Alice Privett (soprano), Benjamin Williamson (countertenor), Ed Ballard (baritone), TBC (Piano)  ‘Love and war are all one’ wrote Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quixote and how often this is true in the world of opera. In an art form that so often deals with extremes, composers and librettists have time and again been drawn to stories of passion and romance in the context of warfare, death and sacrifice. Love during times of war can be more urgent, more fickle, more…

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A discussion and masterclass morning with Rosalind Plowright and Anna Harvey (mezzo) accompanied by Natalie Burch

November 28 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Tickets £30

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“An Ear for Music” – Illustrated Talk and Recital by Mark Austin.

November 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Mark Austin is a British opera conductor with a reputation for brilliant musicianship and insightful programming. He has a talent and passion for communicating with audiences. He played in the National Youth Orchestra as a violinist, studied modern languages at Cambridge University and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where he held a Junior Fellowship in the opera department. He was awarded an International Opera Awards Bursary in 2017. He is founder and director of the Faust Chamber Orchestra,…

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December 2017

We Three Kings: Three of Verdi’s unusual, usurping and unhinged Monarchs from: Nabucco, Macbeth and Un giorno di regno

December 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Tickets £30

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We Three Kings: Three of Verdi’s unusual, usurping and unhinged Monarchs from: Nabucco, Macbeth and Un giorno di regno

December 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Near Henley on Thames, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire + Google Map

Tickets £30

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