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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...

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