Events in this series

Opera Prelude: Britain after Britten

Tuesday 14 May 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Britain after Britten

The revival of British opera post 1945

‘We never seem to get over looking for the next Benjamin Britten. It’s a stupid game’ – Robert Saxton, Professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama...

Opera Prelude: Mozart's Masterful Characterisation

Tuesday 21 May 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Mozart's Masterful Characterisation

A focus on his female roles

In his short 35-year life, this musical genius wrote melodies which are still celebrated 350 years later. Mozart had more than just musicality – he understood how to create...

Past events in this series

Opera Prelude: The Puccini Problem

Tuesday 25 September 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: The Puccini Problem

(or ‘How do you solve a problem like Puccini’?!)

Has everything about Puccini been said/studied/sung already? Musicologist Alexandra Wilson and mezzo-soprano Adriana Festeu discuss Dr Wilson’s critically acclaimed book, _The...

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Yvonne Howard

Tuesday 2 October 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Yvonne Howard

Hailed as ‘one of the finest singing actresses this country has produced’, Yvonne Howard's reputation in diverse repertoire from Wagner to Handel proclaims her one of the...

Opera Prelude: Standing at the Crossroads

Tuesday 9 October 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Standing at the Crossroads

Opera in the 20th century

Conductor Mark Austin offers an accessible exploration of opera in the 20th century, uncovering its roots in the 19th century as the starting point for a survey of the pathways...

Opera Prelude: Paris and the Russian avant-garde

Tuesday 16 October 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Paris and the Russian avant-garde

With Dr Natalia Murray

Inspired by the recent exhibition 'Icons of Modern Art. The Shchukin Collection', which attracted over 1.3 million visitors in just four months and took place at the Louis Vuitton...

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Sir John Tomlinson

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Sir John Tomlinson

We are extremely grateful to Sir John Tomlinson for joining Opera Prelude again at Cadogan Hall and for generously sharing his invaluable professional expertise with our young...

Opera Prelude: ‘Red Roses and Red Noses’ – Life in the English Country House 1918-1939

Tuesday 30 October 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: ‘Red Roses and Red Noses’ – Life in the English Country House 1918-1939

With writer and historian Adrian Tinniswood

With writer and historian Adrian Tinniswood, Callie Gaston (soprano), TBC (tenor) and Natalie Burch (piano). There is nothing quite as beautiful as an English country house in...

Opera Prelude: ‘Debussy: A Painter in Sound’

Tuesday 6 November 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: ‘Debussy: A Painter in Sound’

With Stephen Walsh (music critic and musicologist)

In the centenary of Debussy’s death, Stephen Walsh’s compelling new biography 'Debussy: A Painter in Sound', digs deep into Debussy’s musical advances – “the pentatonic...

Opera Prelude: ‘Life is beautiful’

Tuesday 13 November 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: ‘Life is beautiful’

Romanticism and activism: a lecture exploring Verdi’s lavish romantic operas

With Becca Marriott (soprano), and Maria Levandovskaya (piano). Focussing largely on La traviata, which Becca recently adapted for the King’s Head Theatre (nominated for an...

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Roderick Williams

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Masterclass with Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams, OBE – arguably one the UK's leading baritones, equally acclaimed in both opera and song is generously leading this morning’s highly sought-after masterclass...

Opera Prelude: The Rake’s Punishment

Tuesday 27 November 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: The Rake’s Punishment

Don Giovanni’s journey from paper to the stage

With Ricardo Panela (baritone) and Opera Prelude’s young artists, accompanied by Maria Levandovskaya. This lecture will focus on the history of the creation of one of the...

Opera Prelude: “Glitter and be Gay”

Tuesday 4 December 2018, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: “Glitter and be Gay”

Opera, Hollywood and Old-Fashioned Glamour

With Rosie Clifford (mezzo) and Opera Prelude’s young artists, accompanied by Natalie Burch. "Glitter and be gay, that's the part I play" – so sings Cunegonde in Leonard...

Opera Prelude: Passionate Choices

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Passionate Choices

Love & Duty in Verdi’s operas

Few other composers have so perfectly explored the complexity of duty vs. personal relationships like Verdi. Focusing on some of his most well-known compositions, this lecture...

Opera Prelude: “Signore Ascolta!”

Tuesday 29 January 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: “Signore Ascolta!”

The tragedy of Silence. Puccini, Orientalism & Miscommunication

In this lecture Becca Marriott will explore the concepts of Exoticism and Orientalism in verismo opera and how Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Turandot uphold and defy our ideas...

Opera Prelude: “Con Amore”

Tuesday 5 February 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: “Con Amore”

The spectrum of romantic declaration in the tenor repertoire

Love is the tenor's realm. Look through any compilation of tenor arias from history's greatest operas and you will find that love and romance is the overwhelming theme. That word...

Opera Prelude: Hidden Figures

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Hidden Figures

The famous and forgotten of operatic history

As an art form, opera stands entirely alone; a unique blend of music, drama, poetry and emotion. It is as addictive, glamorous and fascinating now as it was at its...

Opera Prelude: The 2019 Opera Prelude Singer’s Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

Tuesday 19 February 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: The 2019 Opera Prelude Singer’s Prize Masterclass with Della Jones

Now in its sixth year, the Opera Prelude Singers’ Prize offers one of our young singers the unique chance of private masterclasses with Della Jones, one of Great Britain’s...

Opera Prelude: Concert Figaro with Michael Chance

Tuesday 26 February 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Concert Figaro with Michael Chance

Droit du Seigneur in the #metoo age

A musical insight with Michael Chance accompanied by rising young mezzo-soprano Amy Lyddon who will be performing a range of arias. Over more than 30 years, Michael Chance has...

Opera Prelude: Renato Balsadonna masterclass and discussion

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Renato Balsadonna masterclass and discussion

Italian conductor Renato Balsadonna was Chorus Director of the Royal Opera Chorus 2004–16, during which time he prepared the Royal Opera Chorus for all their productions with...

Opera Prelude: The Craft of the Opera Composer

Tuesday 12 March 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: The Craft of the Opera Composer

with Jonathan Darnborough

Great opera composers have one thing in common - they combine musical genius with a strong dramatic gift. In this illustrated talk Jonathan Darnborough explores the techniques,...

Opera Prelude: La traviata – Fact, Fiction and Mythology

Tuesday 19 March 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: La traviata – Fact, Fiction and Mythology

‘La dame aux Camelias’ was a real woman, Alphonsine Duplessis. But how much of her real character and story survived the journey from real life to novel, to stage play to...

Opera Prelude: Pulling the Heart Strings

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Pulling the Heart Strings

The harp in opera

A discussion about the special relationship between the soprano voice and the harp in opera through the ages. This engaging duo has been performing together for a number of years...

Opera Prelude: Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

Tuesday 2 April 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde

“I have never found a work as dangerously fascinating” (Nietzsche)

Join conductor Mark Austin for an engaging introduction to Wagner’s masterpiece. This lecture will explore one of the most influential compositions ever written, and why it came...

Opera Prelude: ‘Tantrums & Tiaras’

Tuesday 9 April 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: ‘Tantrums & Tiaras’

Nigel Bates was Principal Percussionist of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden. In this morning’s talk, he takes a look at the history, architecture and life...

Opera Prelude: Music in Colour

Tuesday 16 April 2019, 10.30am

Opera Prelude: Music in Colour

“When I hear music... I always hear colour complexes in my mind” (Messiaen)

What do you feel when listening to music? Can you see colours, images, geometrical objects, and how does music play on all of our senses? Franz Liszt famously asked orchestral...

Opera Prelude Lecture Series 2018-19

Join Opera Prelude for an exciting season of lecture-recitals, discussion mornings and celebrity masterclasses.

Opera Prelude is a small charity, run by volunteers and dedicated to supporting the next generation of operatic talent with the all-round skills to succeed in a highly competitive industry.

Since its launch in 2010, it has been bringing opera into the community, engaging, educating and involving audiences through its accessible, opera-related events which provide experience and fairly-paid performance opportunities for its young artists.

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