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We Three Kings: Three of Verdi’s unusual, usurping and unhinged Monarchs from: Nabucco, Macbeth and Un giorno di regno
5th December 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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 he uses to sustain and subvert his own style in order to portray these regal characters.
Verdi’s early career is often seen as a variation on the traditional bel canto style, and the disparity between this and the way he distorts this style to suit certain characters, is nowhere more apparent than in these relatively early works.
The 1840s contain some of the most incredible years for Classical music in general, and more specifically in opera. The rise of Verdi and Wagner alongside the demise of Donizetti are just a few of the events that sit alongside Italy’s political upheaval in this same decade.
Join us on this special occasion to see if there really is method to Verdi’s monarchic madness.