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November 2017

“When Art Danced with Music – Ballet Russes, Diaghilev and his Circle” with Dr. Natalia Murray, Maria Levandovskaya (piano) and Sophie Pullen (soprano)

November 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Part of our new “Opera and the other Arts” Lecture Recital Series  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, he formed close friendship with Stravinsky, Coco Chanel, Prokofiev and Jean Cocteau.  Dr. Natalia Murray will introduce us to Diaghilev as major patron of visual arts, starting with his exhibitions of Western-European art in St. Petersburg and the magazine…

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

November 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street
London, SW1X 9BZ United Kingdom
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Alice Privett (soprano), Benjamin Williamson (countertenor), Ed Ballard (baritone),  Richard Leach (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,…

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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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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 specialising in roles such as Medée, Alceste and Norma as well as the great Verdi and Puccini heroines. Rosalind Plowright has sung at nearly all the international opera houses such as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera…

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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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Lewis Gaston (conductor), TBC (baritone) and Laurie O’Brien (piano)  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 and deceit to fulfil their ends. Beyond the face of the drama though, lies Verdi’s musical genius in writing music for such incredible characters.  For any lover of Verdi’s Italian style, this is a fantastic opportunity to see not only Verdi’s genius up-close, but the techniques…

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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
The Morris Room 2 at The Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road
Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1AG United Kingdom
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Lewis Gaston (conductor), TBC (baritone) and Laurie O’Brien (piano)  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 and deceit to fulfil their ends. Beyond the face of the drama though, lies Verdi’s musical genius in writing music for such incredible characters.  For any lover of Verdi’s Italian style, this is a fantastic opportunity to see not only Verdi’s genius up-close, but the techniques…

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