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Opera Prelude: Orpheus and l'Orfeo: An Investigation of Opera's Relationship with Classics

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Sloane Club52 Lower Sloane St, London, Greater London, SW1W 8BS, United Kingdom
On Tuesday 5 November 2019 at 10:30

Tuesday 5th November 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: The Sloane Club, 52 Lower Sloane St,
Chelsea, London SW1W 8BS

Xavier Hetherington (tenor)

Everyone knows of Operas based on Classical
mythology. But the relationship between these two great pillars of western
culture is more nuanced than just the borrowing of stories. Monteverdi's Orfeo
is sometimes said to be the first operatic masterwork and Handel wrote
countless operas on Classical subjects. Strauss, Purcell, Britten and Turnage
add to the list and create a chain which leads from opera's conception to the
present day. Each of these composers is creating something new and unknown from
the old and known.

This lecture will get into the nitty-gritty of
their inspiration, tackling central questions: how did the composers of opera
use the stories of antiquity to produce new and different works? What was lost
in that translation and what was gained? Why did they choose this group
of stories in particular? Were there stylistic as well as narrative
borrowings? Are such stories and such operas still of interest
today?

Xavier Hetherington studied
Classics at Cambridge and is now in his second year at the Royal College of
Music.

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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