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April 2017

“The Composer and His Muse: the great women behind great men” Callie Gaston (soprano) and Natalie Burch (piano)

April 25 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Callie Gaston (soprano) and Natalie Burch (piano)  The operatic canon overflows with male composers, and there is no shortage of female roles. Today’s lecture explores the relationships between some exceptional women and the composers who, inspired by their talents, wrote for them. The links have been wide ranging - from the familial such as Mozart and the four Weber sisters, marital in the case of Rossini and his famous wife Isabella Colbran, to the amorous in the case of Puccini's…

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Love, Melody, Spain

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Near Henley on Thames, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire + Google Map

An Evening Fundraiser Recital in a private drawing room - 19.00 – 21.00 (Henley-on-Thames address given at time of booking). Tickets to include champagne and fork supper (very limited number of places!) £75 A journey through some of Brahms' greatest Lieder alongside his friend Schumann's captivating yet controversial depiction of woman's life and love. Based on texts by Adelbert von Chamisso, Schumann's cycle describes the course of a woman's love for a man, through first encounter, courtship, marriage and finally mourning his…

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May 2017

“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon.” Sophie Pullen (soprano), Natalie Burch (piano)

May 2 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Prévost’s L'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut made an outrageous appearance on the literary scene in 1731 detailing the exploits of the young, beautiful, and morally incorrigible Manon. Banned in France for its scandalous depiction of this unrepentant libertarian of a woman the novel became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed. Manon’s love, won and lost with the wheel of Fortune, is presented as capricious, addictive and impossible. Indeed, upon reading Prévost’s novel in Dumas’…

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“Renoir’s La Loge – Art & Music of the Parisian Golden Age” with Dr. Charlotte de Mille accompanied Opera Prelude’s young singers

May 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Near Henley on Thames, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire + Google Map

Part of our new “Opera and the Other Arts” series  “Renoir’s La Loge – Art & Music of the Parisian Golden Age” 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,…

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The Golden Age of Russian Classical Music From Glinka to Rachmaninov: Exploring the evolution of Russian Classical style

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA
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The 19th century provided a great outpouring of classical music. Inspired by Russian folk stories and a need for a nationalist musical identity, a new language of music was born.  Callie Gaston (soprano), Alex Otterburn (baritone) Maria Levandovskaya (piano)  Tickets £25

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“The Hidden Composers: women who dared to write music in a man’s world.”

May 16 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk
London, W8 7RX United Kingdom
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Anna Beer – (soprano & mezzo) Natalie Burch (piano)  Anna Beer is a cultural historian and writer as well as Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has recently published a long over-due book: “Sounds & Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music” celebrating the musical legacy and hidden histories of eight remarkable women composers. From 17th century Florence to 20th century London, they created their music in public and private; in the Courts of the Medici’s and…

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“It Takes Two – an Evening Recital of Duets” – Callie Gaston (soprano), Amy Lyddon (mezzo), Ed Ballard (baritone) and Laurie O’Brien (piano)

May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Near Henley on Thames, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire + Google Map

Gala concerts tend to be solo affairs - with the odd duet thrown in for good measure. It is rare to have an opportunity to work on the intricacies of singing as a pair - and yet so many famous duets are met with rapturous responses. Whether it’s the Barcarolle from Les Contes d’Hoffmann ,the famous Pearl Fishers Duet or the honest simplicity of Humperdinck’s Evening Prayer - something magical happens when two voices intertwine. In this celebration of song…

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“From the Script to the Stage – Lights, Curtain, Action!”

May 23 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Join us for a morning with Sarah Crabtree, Senior Producer for the Royal Opera where she leads the producing team for the Linbury Theatre. Before joining the ROH, Sarah was one of the driving forces behind the commission of Will Todd’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” at Opera Holland Park. Find out what it was like to deal with the casting and creative processes involved in getting a new production on stage; working with composer Will Todd’s skilful instrumentation and Maggie Gottlieb’s…

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The Opera Prelude Song Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

May 30 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Now in its fourth year, The Opera Prelude Song 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 anonymous donor who has made this prize possible. Join us for the finals of our Song Prize and await Della’s choice of winner which will…

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June 2017

“A Sigh Becomes Song – Transforming Emotion” – BAREFOOT OPERA and Opera Prelude’s young singers

June 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ
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Jenny Miller, singer, director and founder of Barefoot Opera, returns to Opera Preludes to demonstrate the close relationship between instinct, emotional responses, everyday communication and the art of classical singing. With two brilliant young Opera Prelude singers, Jenny will take us through operatic examples from Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Verdi and more to the present time, demonstrating how sighs, laughter, cries, and whispers translate into the gripping music-theatre that is the art of opera.  Join us for a glass of wine…

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Scenes of Summer: Lily, Lily, Rose – Sophie Pullen (soprano) with Opera Prelude’s young singers and Natalie Burch (piano)

June 9 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Near Henley on Thames, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire + Google Map

An end of term talk and recital celebration with smoked salmon sandwiches and a glass of wine!  The celebrated American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was also an accomplished musician and would often interrupt his work to play the piano. Throughout his career, Sargent created portraits that intimated entire worlds, dramas or what Henry James often called “scenes”. This morning’s talk and recital of French music is inspired by scenes of summer and Sargent’s famous picture Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose…

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