Events in this series

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...

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 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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