Opera Prelude: Genius and Tragedy: the lost and found letters of Giuseppe Verdi

Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace, London

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Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London
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Tue 13th Feb 2018

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Where:Cadogan Hall, Caversham Room, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ
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Times:10:30am - 12:30pm
Admission:£35 Booking information and further details from Fiona Hamilton on 0207 183 7323.
Email operaprelude@gmail.com

About the event

Dr Simon Maguire, Lewis Gaston (conductor), accompanied by Natalie Burch on piano.

Following the recent rediscovery of private letters between Giuseppe Verdi and Salvadore Cammarano, Dr Simon Maguire of Sotheby’s will begin this morning’s lecture with the thrilling tale of their preservation, saved for the nation by the Italian government whilst they were on the brink of vanishing into a private collection.
These new letters, with particular reference to Alzira (1845), La Battaglia di Legnano, Luisa Miller (both 1849), Rigoletto (1851) and Il trovatore (1853), chart Verdi’s progress from writer subservient to the opera-house and beholden to the librettist, to the master of the subject and in control of the text.

Rising young conductor Lewis Gaston will then take over with an exploration of one of opera’s most fertile partnerships with particular focus on Il Trovatore, with f sung excerpts by one of our singers.

Dr Simon Maguire is in charge of preparing and cataloguing specialist sales in London for Music (composers’ autographs and letters, music manuscripts, first editions of Mozart, Beethoven and other great composers) and also for Continental literary manuscripts and letters, particularly in German and Italian. He is a world authority on this subject and specialises in the music of Verdi and Bellini.

Opera Prelude is a small charity passionate about 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 tomorrow by way of recitals, concerts and masterclasses.

Official Link: http://www.operaprelude.com

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