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Opera Prelude: Verdi and Victoria: Two of a Kind

Cadogan Hall5 Sloane Terrace, London, Greater London, SW1X 9DQ, United Kingdom
On Tuesday 29 October 2019 at 10:30

Tuesday 29th October 10:30-12:30

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

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

Daniel Snowman and Opera Prelude’s young artists

Daniel Snowman, author, broadcaster and lecturer
joins Opera Prelude’s young artists for this morning’s lecture recital about
Queen Victoria's love of opera and of the many parallels between her own life
and interests and those of the greatest Italian opera composer of her day,
Giuseppe Verdi.  

 Queen Victoria and Giuseppe Verdi died within a
week of each other in January 1901, two octogenarians widely revered as the
embodiments of their respective nations.  They had much in common.  Victoria
loved Italian opera (her diaries and sketchbooks are packed with it),
while Verdi cared deeply about politics, visited England three times and was a
Deputy in the first all-Italian Parliament.  Both achieved early celebrity,
suffered devastating bereavements, 'retired' from public gaze in mid-life and
became national treasures again in old age.   Drawing on a rich multiplicity of
historical images and musical excerpts, Daniel Snowman introduces the
overlapping operatic worlds of the two ‘V’s’ against a background of the wider
cultural history of their respective nations.  

Daniel Snowman is a social and cultural historian. He was born in London, educated at
Cambridge and Cornell, and at 24 was a Lecturer at the University of Sussex.
For many years, he worked at the BBC where he was responsible for a wide
variety of radio series on cultural and historical topics.  Since 2004, Daniel
has held a Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical
Research(University of London) for whom he has given lectures, organised and
chaired both academic and public Seminars and recorded a succession of
interviews with leading fellow historians. 

A long-time member of the London
Philharmonic Choir (1967-2015), he has always had a strong and informed
interest in music and musicians, his books on the Amadeus Quartet and Plácido
Domingo combining close-up portraiture of the artists concerned with the
broader brush of the social historian. Recent books include a study of
the cultural impact of the ‘Hitler Emigrés’, a collection of critical essays on
the life and work of today's leading historians and a brief biography of Verdi.
Daniel's 2009 book The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera has been
published throughout the English-speaking world and is now available in
Italian, Spanish and Chinese and is currently planned to appear in a number of
other languages.

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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