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Opera Prelude: The Queen of Spades: Tchaikovsky vs Pushkin

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Cadogan Hall5 Sloane Terrace, London, Greater London, SW1X 9DQ, United Kingdom
On Tuesday 15 October 2019 at 10:30

Tuesday 15th October 10:30-12:30

Ticket £30. Booking information and further details from
Fiona Hamilton Phone: 0208 183 7323 Email: operaprelude@gmail.com Website:
www.operaprelude.com

Venue: Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace,
London SW1X 9DQ

Dr. Marina Frolova-Walker, Maria Levandovskaya (piano) and
Opera Prelude’s young artists

Ever since Pushkin published this short story in 1834, its
deceptive simplicity has fascinated scholars, particularly over the issue of
whether the tale demanded a supernatural explanation. When Tchaikovsky came to
compose his opera in 1890, he turned the original story into a highly
melodramatic spectacle on a grand scale. He changed the focus of the story and
added layer upon layer of complexity, introducing different time frames and
musical symbols. He was quite unabashed in manipulating his literary source to
his own ends, but was the gamble worth it? In this lecture we will explore what
the music took away from Pushkin – and what it gave back in return. 

Marina Frolova-Walker is a Russian-born British musicologist
and music historian, who specialises in German Romanticism, Russian and Soviet
music, and nationalism in music. She is Professor of Music History and Director
of Studies in Music at Clare College, Cambridge. She has authored several books
and a number of academic articles. Born in Moscow, she first attended the
college of the Moscow Conservatory and then subsequently completed her graduate
studies at the conservatory proper. In 1994 she defended her doctorate on the
symphonies of the 19th century German composer Robert Schumann and their
influence on Russian music. She moved to the United Kingdom in the same year
"for personal, rather than political reasons." Between 1994 and 2000
she taught at various schools in the UK, namely at the University of Ulster,
Goldsmiths, University of London, and University of Southampton. In 2000 she
started teaching at Cambridge.

Opera Prelude is a small charity supporting young
professional opera singers who give lecture recitals in London. These friendly
and inclusive events will introduce you to the international opera singers of
the future by way of recitals, concerts and masterclasses.

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