Download this event for iCal

“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon”

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

Venue: Caversham Room at Cadogan Hall

Performers

Sophie Pullen
soprano
Natalie Burch
piano

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’ La dame aux camélias, Marguerite Gautier, better known operatically as Violetta Valéry, declares that “when a woman loves, she cannot do as Manon did”. However, she too eventually abandons her lover and both fallen women succumb to their inevitable fate – an early death.

Part of Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2017

“The versatile vocalist: from fireworks to fireside”

This morning’s lecture explores the process of preparing and performing widely different repertoire, from dazzling coloratura roles to dramatic characters, to the intimate setting of a song...

“Face to face with Beethoven”

Wagner was obsessed with Beethoven. He arranged the 'Choral' Symphony for piano, wrote a novella in which Beethoven anointed him his successor, and paid elaborate musical homage over his entire...

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

'La loge' by Renoir is one of the most famous works in The Courtauld’s collection and considered a masterpiece of the Impressionist movement. In today’s lecture recital, Dr de Mille will...

“The Pearl Fishers: Bizet and Orientalism”

A lecture on Bizet's 'The Pearl Fishers' (1863), a work from relatively early in his career where he first uses many of the techniques that later became his hallmark. It was the first of his operas...

“Bizet’s Djamileh: The Unexpected Wagnerite”

A lecture on Bizet's 'Djamileh' (1870), with its Wagnerian harmony that is rarely associated with Bizet or French opera. Despite its shortcomings as a dramatic piece we will hear some of the most...

Masterclass with Susanna Stranders

A masterclass with the esteemed vocal coach Susanna Stranders, Head of Music at Garsington Opera. In a world of endless auditions, it is rare to receive any tangible feedback from those making the...

Masterclass with Dame Anne Evans

Dame Anne Evans will kindly lead this morning’s event with emerging young singers: Alice Privett (soprano) and three past and present International Opera Awards Foundation Bursary Winners, Ricardo...

“The Composer and his Muse: the great women behind great men”

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...

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

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...

Masterclass with Della Jones

The Opera Prelude Song Prize Masterclass with Della Jones. Now in its fourth year, the Opera Prelude Song Prize offers one of our young singers the unique chance of private masterclasses with...

“A Sigh Becomes Song – Transforming Emotion”

Jenny Miller, singer, director and founder of Barefoot Opera, returns to Opera Prelude to demonstrate the close relationship between instinct, emotional responses, everyday communication and the art...

Masterclass and discussion with Dame Felicity Lott - ‘Il nous faut de l’amour’

Today’s masterclass and discussion celebrates the recent launch of Dame Felicity’s book 'Il nous faut de l’amour', with mezzo Phoebe Haines and accompanied by Maria Levandovskaya.

Masterclass with Stuart Skelton and Opera Prelude’s young singers

Stuart Skelton is one of the finest heldentenors on the stage today, critically acclaimed for his outstanding musicianship, tonal beauty, and intensely dramatic portrayals. His repertoire encompasses...

Masterclass with Renato Balsadonna and Opera Prelude’s young singers

Italian symphonic and operatic conductor, Renato Balsadonna has also held long term positions as Chorus Director at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and at the Royal Opera House Covent...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘Fame, Fortune, Mischief and Mayhem’

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...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘Made in Iberia’

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...

‘Tenor Talks’ - Discussion and masterclass with Ben Johnson and Richard Dowling

Acclaimed tenor Ben Johnson represented England in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 and won the Audience Prize. A former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and 2008 winner of the Kathleen Ferrier...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘A Playlist for Jane Austen’

Not only is Jane Austen celebrated on the new £10 note in the bicentennial year of her death: her enduring appeal is further portrayed through words and music by soprano, Sophie Pullen, and...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘When Art Danced with Music - Ballet Russes, Diaghilev and his Circle’

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...

Discussion and masterclass with Rosalind Plowright and mezzo-soprano Anna Harvey

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...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series: ‘We Three Kings’

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...

Concert Duration:
approx. 2 hours

Ticket Information *

£30 payable in advance. To book please call Fiona Hamilton on 07908 894333 or visit www.operaprelude.com

* All orders are subject to a transaction fee, except if made in person. See Booking Information for details, payment methods and delivery options.

View Seating Plan Further Ticket Info