Opera Study Day 2010

‘O Vision Entrancing’: a British Opera Study-Day

(archived entry)

Music Department, Victoria Rooms, University of Bristol, Saturday, 12th June 2010, 10am to 6pm.

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In association with CHOMBEC.

The purpose of this study-day is to provide a place to explore the rich history of opera in Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries. A variety of topics will be covered during the day, with papers on the history of travelling opera companies, the nitty-gritty of reviving old operas, and the careers of prima donnas. Others will focus on the work of British composers who were tempted to write opera, from Elgar and the opera tradition that never was, to women composers (including Ethel Smyth and Adela Maddison). Individual works, such as Havergal Brian’s captivating opera The Tigers, will be discussed. The day will end with an illustrated talk by Lewis Foreman.

Speakers will include: Dr. George Biddlecombe (Royal Academy of Music), Dr. Lewis Foreman, Dr. Sophie Fuller (Trinity College of Music), Dr. Valerie Langfield, Professor John Pickard (University of Bristol), Professor Julian Rushton (University of Leeds, Elgar Society, etc.) and Mr. John Ward (Carl Rosa Trust).

For further details, contact the study-day organiser, Steven Martin at musem@bristol.ac.uk.