Festival 2013 pre-performance talks

26 May - 25 August 2013

Ebert Room

A series of pre-performance talks, which are designed to enhance your enjoyment of the opera that follows. Each Sunday afternoon talk is presented by an operatic expert, lasts 45 minutes. 

26 May 3.15pm Falstaff

Having previously taught at Cornell, Oxford and Cambridge, Roger Parker, Professor of Music at King's College, London is also General Editor (with Gabriele Dotto) of the Donizetti critical edition, published by Ricordi. His most recent books are Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio (University of California Press, 2006); and A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years (Penguin, UK, and Norton, US, 2012), written jointly with Carolyn Abbate. He is now working on a book about music in London in the 1830s.

2 June 3.25pm Ariadne auf Naxos

David Nice, writer and broadcaster, has contributed many programmes to BBC Radio 3’s Building a Library and is a regular contributor to the online professional reviews site The Arts Desk (www.theartsdesk.com). His books include short studies of Elgar, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and the history of opera, and the first volume of his Prokofiev biography has been published by Yale University Press. He has scripted and/or recorded Glyndebourne Opera Bites CDs on Beethoven’s Leonore, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and Prokofiev’s War and Peace. His highly popular Opera in Focus lectures have been running at the City Literary Institute for over 20 years. He also writes a blog, I’ll Think of Something Later (www.davidnice.blogspot.com).

16 June 3.25pm Ariadne auf Naxos

Cori Ellison, Glyndebourne’s Dramaturg , was the former staff Dramaturg at New York City Opera (1997-2010), and Dramaturg for Washington National Opera’s Ring cycle, Opera Boston’s The Nose, and Offenbach!!! at Bard Summerscape, Cori teaches opera dramaturgy at American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program in New York and creates supertitles for numerous opera companies. Her English singing translations include Hansel and Gretel (NYCO), La vestale (English National Opera) and Cheryomushki (Bard). She writes for the New York Times, appears on the Metropolitan Opera’s radio broadcasts, leads master classes for young singers worldwide, and has lectured at venues including the Royal Opera House, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Smithsonian Institution and the Canadian, Santa Fe and San Francisco operas.

23 June 3.25pm Ariadne auf Naxos

Speaker Cori Ellison, Glyndebourne Dramaturg

30 June 2.40pm Le nozze di Figaro

Speaker Cori Ellison, Glyndebourne Dramaturg

7 July 2.35pm Hippolyte et Aricie

William Christie, Conductor of Hippolyte et Aricie. Founder of the vocal and instrumental ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, his pioneering work has been responsible for a renewed appreciation of baroque music in France, particularly lesser-known French repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. From Charpentier to Rameau, through Couperin, Mondonville, Campra and Montéclair, he is an acknowledged master of tragédie-lyrique. His extensive discography covers more than 100 recordings including award-winning releases. In addition to his engagements with Les Arts Florissants, he is regularly invited to conduct at the world’s leading opera houses. He is Commandeur dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur.

28 July 2.40pm Le nozze di Figaro

Thomas Irvine is Senior Lecturer in Music and Deputy Director of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of Southampton. He has published widely on Mozart and eighteenth-century music culture, and worked on the teams preparing both the New Köchel and the Digital Mozart Edition. He has given lectures to audiences at the Orchestra of the Age of Enllghtenment/King's Place, the Toujours Mozart Festival in Salzburg and Vienna and the Dortmund Opera. His current research is taking him beyond Europe to the cross-cultural musical life of eighteenth-century Canton, China. Before taking a PhD in musicology he was a professional orchestra musician, and regrets never having played Figaro, by far his favourite Mozart opera.

4 August 2.35pm Hippolyte et Aricie

Laurie Stras is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Southampton. She studied harpsichord, piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, and gained her doctorate from the University of London in 1995. Before returning to postgraduate studies, she pursued a freelance career as both singer and keyboard player, including four years with the Royal National Theatre Company as musical director for both touring and repertory productions. Laurie is co-director of the early music ensemble Musica Secreta and the all-female choir Celestial Sirens, with whom she has made three award-winning recordings. She worked closely with Sarah Dunant on her historical novel set in a 1570s convent, Sacred Hearts, for which the ensembles recorded a soundtrack CD; together they devised a live musical event, directed by Nick Renton and starring Niamh Cusack and Deborah Findlay, which toured the UK and Ireland between 2009 and 2012. Laurie is currently completing a book, Musica Secreta: Women, Polyphony and Performance, which investigates a wider musical, historical and cultural context for the famous concerto di dame at the court of Ferrara.

11 August 3.35pm Don Pasquale

Francesco Izzo teaches at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on 19th-century opera and song. He has published numerous articles in leading musicological journals and has contributed to several dictionaries and collections of essays. His book, Laughter between Two Revolutions: Opera buffa in Italy, 1831-1848 is forthcoming later this year with University of Rochester Press. He is frequently invited as lecturer, contributor of program notes, and consultant at opera houses and festivals in Europe and the United States, including Glyndebourne, Sarasota Opera, the Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Teatro San Carlo, and the BBC. He is Co-Director of the American Institute for Verdi Studies at New York University.

18 August 2.35pm Hippolyte et Aricie

Jeanice Brooks is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton.  She studied singing and music education in the U.S. and in France before completing the Ph.D. in Musicology and French Literature at the Catholic University of America.  Her doctoral dissertation treated musical settings of poetry by the sixteenth-century writer Pierre de Ronsard, and since then she has continued to work on aspects of French music and culture in the Renaissance; her book on music and court culture, Courtly Song in Late Sixteenth-Century France (University of Chicago Press, 2000), received the 2001 Bainton prize for the best book of the year in music or art history.  She also works on twentieth-century French music: her new book The Musical Work of Nadia Boulanger: Performing Past and Future Between the Wars will be published by Cambridge University Press in summer 2013.

25 August 2.55pm Billy Budd

Jonathan Cross is Professor of Musicology at the University of Oxford, and Tutor in Music at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written, lectured and broadcast widely on issues in twentieth and twenty-first century music. His books include the acclaimed The Stravinsky Legacy (1998), Harrison Birtwistle: Man, Mind, Music (2000), The Cambridge Companion to Stravinsky (2003), and Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus (2009). He is currently completing a critical biography of Stravinsky. Other work on 20th- and 21st-century opera includes studies of the stage works of Berio, Britten, Chin, Harvey and Turnage.

Tickets to these events cost £9 

These events are open to ticket holders for the performance on the same day.


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