With Ricardo Panela, baritone
Given the perceived ability of music and words to convey powerful political propaganda or unsettle the accepted status quo of the time, has it ever been justified as viewing opera as a potentially subversive force requiring censorship? This morning’s talk explores the impact of censorship on the development of opera; the political and personal agendas of the ruling classes or theatre owners that were often brought to bear on composers and librettists causing them to have to make fundamental changes to the plots and settings of some of today’s best loved operas. There are also lighthearted insights into some behind the scenes events around these premiers including Prima-Donna catfights and more!
Opera is for everyone whether you are new to opera or a seasoned aficionado! You do not need to be an expert to enjoy these performance based lectures. Of course, the more you know, the more there is to enjoy! With that in mind we aim to make each class informative, interactive and entertaining, offering singer’s insights illustrated with live performance and well known recordings. These lectures form the bridge across the footlights, bringing you nearer to opera singers and their diverse, enriching art form; increasing your knowledge and enjoyment of opera.
No previous qualifications are necessary to attend. The audience is not required to sing!
‘For anyone wanting a performer’s eye view of opera, Opera Prelude is ideal: lecture demonstrations by professional singers offering engaging insights on repertory and technique.’ (Country Life magazine)
- Concert Duration:
- 2 hours