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The 2019 Singer’s Prize with Della Jones, Cadogan Hall

Now in its sixth year, The Opera Prelude Singers’ Prize offers one of our young singers the unique chance of private masterclasses with Della Jones, one of Great Britain’s leading mezzo-sopranos. 

Tuesday 19th February, ​10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
£30

Con Amore – the spectrum of romantic declaration in the tenor repertoire, The Christ Church Centre

Love is the tenor's realm - Xavier Hetherington (tenor), accompanied by Natalie Burch

Friday 22nd February, ​10:30 – 12:30
Tickets £30

Concert Figaro – Droit du Seigneur in the #metooage, Cadogan Hall

Michael Chance, CBE, Director of Grange Festival, accompanied by Natalie Burch, with Opera Prelude’s young artists

Tuesday 26th February, ​10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
£30

Discussion and masterclass with Renato Balsadonna

Italian conductor, Renato Balsadonna in a discussion and masterclass morning with Francesca Chiejina (soprano), accompanied by Natalie Burch (piano)

Tuesday 5th March, 10:30 – 12:30 
Tickets
£30

The Craft of the Opera Composer, Cadogan Hall

In this illustrated talk Jonathan Darnborough explores the techniques, common to composers of all eras, by which they mould their musical ideas to reflect and intensify the emotions of their characters.

Jonathan Darnborough (composer, writer and Oxford academic) with Opera Prelude’s young artists

Tuesday 12th March, 10:30 – 12:30 
Tickets
£30

La Traviata – Fact, Fiction and Mythology, Cadogan Hall

Alex Aldren (tenor), accompanied by Natalie Burch and Maria Levandovskaya

Tuesday 19th March, ​10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
£30

Pulling the Heart Strings: The Harp in Opera, Cadogan Hall

Soprano, Sophie Pullen and harpist Valeria Kurbatova, LPO Young Artist, discuss the special relationship between the soprano voice and the harp in opera through the ages. The duo has been performing together for a number of years since being picked to open the BAFTA games awards in 2016.

Tuesday 26th March, 10:30 – 12:30 
Tickets
£30

'Red Roses, Red Noses', The Christ Church Centre

Life in the English Country House 1918-1939 with writer and historian Adrian Tinniswood, Callie Gaston (soprano), Alex Haigh (tenor) accompanied by Natalie Burch (piano)

Friday 29th March, 10:30 – 12:30
Ticket
s £30

Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Cadogan Hall

“I have never found a work as dangerously fascinating” (Nietzsche)

Mark Austin with Becca Marriott, soprano and Opera Prelude’s young artists.

Tuesday 2nd April, ​10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
£30

‘Tantrums & Tiaras’, Cadogan Hall

With Nigel Bates and Opera Prelude’s young artists

Tuesday 9th April, 10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
£30

Music in Colour, Cadogan Hall

“When I hear music... I always hear colour complexes in my mind”, Olivier Messiaen  

Maria Levandovskaya (pianist) and Opera Prelude’s young artists

Tuesday 16th April, 10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
£30

The Rake's Punishment, The Christ Church Centre

Don Giovanni’s journey from paper to the stage – Ricardo Panela (baritone) accompanied by Natalie Burch (piano)

Friday 26th April, 10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
 £30  

Britain after Britten – the revival of British opera post 1945, Cadogan Hall

Mimi Doulton (soprano), accompanied by Natalie Burch

Tuesday 14th May, ​10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
£30

Mozart's Masterful Characterisation – a focus on his female roles, Cadogan Hall

Callie Gaston (soprano), accompanied by Natalie Burch

Tuesday 21st May, ​10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
£30

Hidden Figures: The Famous and Forgotten of Operatic History, The Christ Church Centre

Rosemary Clifford (mezzo), accompanied by Natalie Burch (piano). 

Friday 31st May, 10:30 – 12:30
Tickets £30

Debussy: a painter in sound, The Christ Church Centre

Stephen Walsh (music critic and musicologist), accompanied by Maria Levandovskaya (piano) and Sophie Pullen (soprano) 

Friday 14th June, 10:30 – 12:30
Tickets
£30

“Signore ascolta!” – The tragedy of silence, Puccini, Orientalism and miscommunication, The Christ Church Centre

Becca Marriott (Soprano), accompanied by Natalie Burch

Friday 27th September, 10:30 – 12:30 
Tickets
 £30