- with Paola Cuffolo (mezzo-soprano)
Paola has been passionate about Rossini from a very young age, so you can imagine her excitement when she first discovered it was something she might be able to sing. From trying to tackle Una voce poco fa at the age of 21 for her final exams at Oxford, to August 2014 in which she was able to go and study with bel canto master Rockwell Blake for a week in the US, this lecture looks at why Rossini is so important to Paola, and the pitfalls (and small victories!) associated with trying to master this famously tricky repertoire.
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- Concert Duration:
- approx. 2 hours (with short interval)