Opera might have emerged as a form of art to entertain the rich and powerful, but it soon became used as a way to express political and social discontent. You might think such liberties are only a product of the 20th century, but the fact is kings and governments throughout history have trembled and even fallen because of Opera.Read More
It all begun when I, a little child at the time, found an old 1984 recording of the Teatro alla Scala of Verdi’s “I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata” with Ghena Dimitrova and Jose Carreras in the leading roles.Read More
Sunday approaches and the cast of Offenbach’s Fantasio join conductor Sir Mark Elder to brush up on their French…
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It’s half term, meaning the trains are slightly emptier, the roads are marginally clearer and everywhere else is packed with loud and irritating children. So the theme for this week’s Current Distractions is childhood.Read More
Rameau was secretive about the first half of his life: it seems that he never imparted any detail of it to his friends or even to his wife. We know he was born in a family of musicians, that his father was his first teacher and that he worked as an organist in some churches, including the one in the Jesuit College where Voltaire was a pupil – a few years later he became the librettist of some of Rameau’s operas.
Himself: Despite his innate musical ability (he began studying music at the age of three), Verdi’s application for the Milan Conservatory was rejected due to his lack of piano technique and discipline. In 1839, he moved to Milan and he had his first success with Nabucco and also his first failure, with the comedy Un giorno di negro. He only composed one other comedy in his career: Falstaff, his last opera.Read More
Perhaps the best way to describe an OAE Study Day is that it’s like a television documentary, only live.Read More