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The Craft of the Opera Composer, Cadogan Hall

Jonathan Darnborough (composer, writer and Oxford academic) with Cliff Zammit Stevens, tenor and Natalie Birch, piano

Great opera composers have one thing in common - they combine musical genius with a strong dramatic gift. 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 is Director of Studies in Music at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. As a composer and pianist, he has performed throughout Britain as well as the USA, France, Italy and Indonesia. He is the author of Oxford University's first two oneline music courses, one on The marriage of Figaro I and an introduction to Musical Analysis. He is currently working on an opera based on Euripides's Hecuba 

Tuesday 12th March, 10:30 – 12:30 
The Caversham Room
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace