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April 2017
£40.00

Pauline Viardot’s “Cendrillon”

April 5 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Leighton House Museum,
12 Holland Park
London, W14 8LZ United Kingdom
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Pauline Viardot's "Cendrillon"

As part of the Season devoted to women and their role as composers and the inspirations for operatic pieces, we bring a work by a lady who filled both of those roles. Pauline Viardot was a key 19th century singer, inspecting roles and music from her composer friends Berlioz, Chopin, saint-saëns and Meyerbeer. She devoted herself to not only creating new roles, but historical research into music of the baroque and classical periods. Her salon performances enabled listeners, such as…

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£25.00

“The Composer and His Muse: the great women behind great men”

April 25 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall,
5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ United Kingdom
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“The Composer and His Muse: the great women behind great men”

The operatic canon overflows with male composers, and there is no shortage of female roles. Today’s lecture explores the relationships between some exceptional women and the composers who, inspired by their talents, wrote for them. The links have been wide ranging – from the familial such as Mozart and the four Weber sisters, marital in the case of Rossini and his famous wife Isabella Colbran, to the amorous in the case of Puccini’s multiple affairs. In each of these examples,…

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May 2017
£25.00

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

May 2 | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall,
5 Sloane Terrace
London, SW1X 9DQ United Kingdom
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“Fiction’s Fallen Women: from page to stage – Violetta & Manon"

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’…

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