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“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon"

“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon”

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall2 May
Prévost’s L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut made an outrageous appearance on the literary scene in 1731 detailing the exploits of the young, beautiful, and morally incorrigible Manon. Banned in France for its scandalous depiction of this unrepentant libertarian of a woman the novel became very popular and pirated editions were widely distributed. Manon’s love, won and lost with the wheel of Fortune, is presented as capricious, addictive and impossible. Indeed, upon reading Prévost’s novel in Dumas’…
Arts & Culture Lecture Series: A. Tunc Sen

Arts & Culture Lecture Series: A. Tunc Sen

London,Yunus Emre Enstitüsü London4 May
Yunus Emre Enstitüsü – London presents a lecture in the Arts & Culture Series by Dr. A. Tunç Şen (Leiden University): “Why did Piri Reis call Christopher Columbus a ‘munajjim’? Exploring the Cultural History of Astrology in the Early Modern Ottoman World” In his Book of Navigation (Kitāb-ı Baḥriye) the famous sixteenth-century Ottoman cartographer and naval captain Piri Reis introduces Christopher Columbus as a Genoese “munajjim”, who possessed a legendary book that descended from the time of Alexander and comprised of…
Alex Otterburn

The Golden Age of Russian Classical Music

London,Pushkin House10 May
From Glinka to Rachmaninov: Exploring the evolution of Russian Classical style. The 19th century provided a great outpouring of classical music. Inspired by Russian folk stories and a need for a nationalist musical identity, a new language of music was born. With Callie Gaston (soprano), Alex Otterburn (baritone) and accompanied by Maria Levandovskaya (piano).
A L Kennedy

European Literature Night with A. L. Kennedy

London,British Library10 May
Contemplating European authorship in a post-Brexit context In response to the changes faced by Europe, literature can offer new views on our identity, history and diversity. European Writers’ Tour invites you to meet some of the most exciting writers from across the channel and to share their stories and experiences. Join us for the launch of the Tour at the British Library with a special evening with Scottish Author A. L. Kennedy and guests. She will give a keynote address reflecting on the future of…
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The Hidden Composers: Women Who Dared to Write Music in a Man’s World

London,Kensington Central Library16 May
With Anna Beer, soprano & mezzo, accompanied by Natalie Burch, piano. Anna Beer is a cultural historian and writer as well as Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has recently published a long over-due book: “Sounds & Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music” celebrating the musical legacy and hidden histories of eight remarkable women composers. From 17th century Florence to 20th century London, they created their music in public and private; in the Courts of the Medici’s…
Screening & Talk: El laberinto de Octavio Paz

Screening & Talk: El laberinto de Octavio Paz

London,King’s College London18 May
Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Center for Mexican Studies of UNAM in London and the Center for Modern Languages ​​of King’s College, London, presents a screening of the documentary “El laberinto de Octavio Paz”, followed by a talk with the Spanish producer Adela Iriarte and the Mexican poet and expert on Octavio Paz, Pedro Serrano. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles, and the event is in Spanish and English. This new documentary reviews the work and trajectory of…
Jenny Miller

Barefoot Opera and Opera Prelude’s Young Singers

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall6 Jun
“A Sigh Becomes Song – Transforming Emotion” Jenny Miller, singer, director and founder of Barefoot Opera, returns to Opera Preludes to demonstrate the close relationship between instinct, emotional responses, everyday communication and the art of classical singing. With two brilliant young Opera Prelude singers, Jenny will take us through operatic examples from Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Verdi and more to the present time, demonstrating how sighs, laughter, cries, and whispers translate into the gripping music-theatre that is the art of opera.…
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