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Shakespeare on the Operatic Stage Joanna Songi, soprano
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.
The Opera Prelude event
Opera Live At Home with Cliff Zammit Stevens
Cliff's recent performances include concerts and operas around Europe, notably Don Curzio and Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro with Garsington Opera on tour in Corfu, and Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi across the UK and Otello in Rossini’s Otello. He was top of the bill for the concert in Berlin to celebrate Malta's EU presidency.
Recent reviews describe his singing as ‘a revelation’ (Daily Express), and as ‘showing exceptional promise’ (Opera Magazine).
Arias this evening include:
- Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön, (Tamino) Die Zauberflöte, K.620/Act 1, Mozart
- Una furtiva Lagrima, (Nemorino) L'Elisir d'Amore, Donizetti
- Kuda Kuda vi udalilis, (Lensky), Act 2, scene 2, Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky
- Ah la Paterna Mano, (Macduff), Act 4, scene 1, Macbeth, Giuseppe Verdi
- No puede ser, (Leandro), Act 2, La tabernera del puerto, Pablo Sorozábal
- Granada by Lara Augustín
Cliff has also recently founded 'The Marcy Foundation’ in memory of his late mother, to raise awareness of and to tackle social issues including domestic violence, mental health, child abuse, drug and substance abuse, and HIV.
Accompanied on piano by Maria Elena Farrugia, a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music.
Programmes with translations will be sent out before the concert.
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