Shakespeare on the Operatic Stage Joanna Songi, soprano
19 Jan 2021
Shakespeare on the Operatic Stage
Shakespeare’s plays have provided the creative stimulus for operas by countless composers from Purcell through to Brett Dean. They have inspired ground-breaking works by Verdi, Britten, Rossini, Gounod, Berlioz, Bernstein and Adès.
But taking Shakespeare onto the operatic stage is a risky business! Joanna looks at the challenges of bringing these well-loved plays into the operatic format and discusses their enduring popularity as an operatic inspiration. In addition to hearing excerpts from some of these well-loved operas, you will also hear other lesser-known works by Vaughan Williams and Holst.
Join us to enjoy the incredibly diverse music which Shakespeare’s genius has inspired.
Available from 10.30 am on 19th January 2021 and thereafter in return for a donation. Visit www.operaprelude.org for more details.
Presented by The Opera Prelude
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