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Bizet’s Djamileh: The Unexpected Wagnerite

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall28 Feb
Inside the Score with Lewis Gaston (conductor)  “Bizet: The Pioneer in the Shadows” – 3 part lecture series (bookable individually) Accompanied each week by two of Opera Prelude’s young singers and Laurie O’Brien (piano) Georges Bizet (1838-1875) sits amongst the romantic heroes, not as a character from an opera but as a composer forever the victim of circumstance, misfortune and an early death. Despite the steadfast place Carmen holds within the repertory, Bizet died before the opera achieved the fame…
Carmen: the immortal legacy of Bizet’s short life

Carmen: the immortal legacy of Bizet’s short life

London,Royal Court Theatre7 Mar
“Bizet: The Pioneer in the Shadows” is a 3-part lecture series on Georges Bizet, accompanied each week by two of Opera Prelude’s young singers and Laurie O’Brien (piano). In this edition, we go inside the score with Lewis Gaston (conductor), accompanied by Rosie Clifford (mezzo) and Richard Dowling (tenor). In this last lecture of the series, we end with the composer’s signature piece, Carmen (1875). With the chorus on strike due to the difficulty of the opera’s music, an out…

Martinů in His Time – A Biographical Survey of the Early Recordings

London,Embassy of the Slovak Republic7 Mar
A lecture by Patrick Lambert, based on his latest book. The  writer, broadcaster and lecturer on music Patrick Lambert worked for BBC Radio 3 as a music producer for 25 years. He has a special interest in Czech music, particularly Janáček and Martinů. His conference papers on both composers have been published and in the early 1980s he devised a ground-breaking programme about Janáček’s Intimate Letters String Quartet. He will be illustrating his talk with some of the rare and…
Opera Masterclass with Susanna Stranders

Opera Masterclass with Susanna Stranders

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall14 Mar
In a world of endless auditions, it is rare to receive any tangible feedback from those making the casting decisions. Singers look to their coaches and teachers for advice but these people aren’t the ones on the casting panel choosing who to hire and fire! This masterclass will see three of our singers working with Susanna Stranders, the Head of Music at Garsington Opera. She is also a senior vocal coach at an array of conservatories, works regularly for the…
Betrayal & Betrothal: Music by Handel and Bach

Betrayal & Betrothal: Music by Handel and Bach

Cambridge,Clough Hall, Newnham College19 Mar
The European Union Baroque Orchestra is like no other orchestra: its modus operandi since its foundation in 1985 has been to audition and select new personnel annually. EUBO’s ephemeral existence makes its concerts special: live performances enjoying all the technical accomplishment of the best young baroque musicians in Europe, allied to an infectious undimmed sense of discovery and enjoyment. EUBO, directed by Lars Ulrik Mortensen and joined by soprano Maria Keohane, present a programme of Handel and Bach inspired by…
Callie Swarbrick at Leighton House Museum

Becca Marriott : “The diva and the divas – Tosca and the women who have sung her”

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall21 Mar
In this lecture, soprano Becca Marriott will examine one of the most iconic and misinterpreted heroines of the opera tradition: Tosca, the titular character from the opera by Giacomo Puccini. The lecture explores what drives her character and how the best-loved (and hated) divas of the past 125 years have created and interpreted her. Referencing Puccini’s letters, Sardou’s tragic play and the opera’s historic context as well as the performances of singers such as Callas and Darclèe (for whom the…
European Day of Early Music: Handel and Bach

European Day of Early Music: Handel and Bach

York,National Centre for Early Music21 Mar
As part of the transcontinental celebration of the European Day of Early Music 2017, coordinated by the European Early Music Network REMA-EEMN, the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) is delighted to present an evening performance of music by GF Handel and JS Bach at the National Centre for Early Music in York on 21 March 2017. Directed by the celebrated Danish harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen, and featuring the talents of soprano Maria Keohane from Sweden and the Croatian violinist based…

All About Piano

London,Institut français in London31 Mar - 2 Apr
All About Piano! returns to the Institut français for its 5th edition, with a programme as exciting as ever: from concerts to talks, cine-concerts, masterclasses, free tuitions, kids’ activities and even an art exhibition: there is an event to suit all! Come and join us for three days of music and fun.
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