La finta giardiniera study morning

6 July 2014

Sunday 6 July 2014
Ebert Room, 10:30am – 1:30pm*, £25

‘I heard an opera buffa by that wondrous genius Mozart; it is called La finta giardiniera… He is bound to grow into one of the greatest musical composers who ever lived.’ - CFD Schubart

Programme for the morning:

9:45  10:30am Complimentary coffee/tea Long Bar

10:30 – 10:45am ‘Preparing the Ground’
Introduction by Moderator Christopher Cook 

10:45 – 11:30am 'New Shoots’
In Loss and recovery: Julian Rushton considers the parallel between the plot of La finta giardiniera and the fate of the opera itself. The title character has lost her social position and at one point loses her wits, but she is restored and reunited with her lover. Important sources were lost and recovered, enabling modern performance of the original version.

11:30 – 12:00pm ‘Sowing Seeds’
Christopher Cook in conversation with Lucy Bradley (Assistant Director)

12:00 – 12:30pm Break: Long Bar Open                                    

12:30 – 1:15pm ‘In Bloom’
Lucy Bradley and singers Anna Rajah (Sandrina) and Joshua Owen Mills (Belfiore) accompanied by pianist Matt Fletcher will guide the audience through staging the production using extracts from the opera.

Belfiore and Sandrina: Care Pupille
Sandrina: No.24 Crudeli
Belfiore and Sandrina: No.27 Dove mai son! and Tu mi lasci? 

1:15 – 1:30pm 'The True Garden'
Final panel discussion chaired by Christopher Cook 

* Lunch is NOT available after this Study Morning.

Biography: Lucy Bradley

Lucy Bradley has directed and led projects for companies including Glyndebourne, the Young Vic, Battersea Arts Centre, Peckham Shed and The Opera Group. Her opera and theatre credits as director include Into the Harbour (Glyndebourne Youth Opera), Street Scene (Revival Director for The Opera Group in Paris and Barcelona), The Last Pearly (Pinhole Theatre) and Grimm Tales (ALRA.) As an assistant director in opera, Lucy has worked on productions for the Glyndebourne Festival including La finta giardiniera, Le nozze di Figaro and Billy Budd. Other opera assisting work includes Rusalka and Le nozze di Figaro for the Glyndebourne Tour; From the House of the Dead, Giulio Cesare and The Queen of Spades for ON and How the Whale Became for ROH. This autumn Lucy is directing a new commission for Glyndebourne’s education department – Tycho’s Dream by Luke Styles, Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence.

Biography: Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook began his career in television, producing for BBC2 and Channel 4. He has broadcast regularly on BBC Radios 3, 4, and 5 for over three decades. He is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine and International Record Review and has written for The Gramophone.  He teaches Cultural Studies for the University of Syracuse on their London Programme; courses on Theatre and Culture and the History of Theatre for the British American Drama Academy; and is an honorary Research Fellow in the Theatre Department at Birkbeck College, University of London. He chairs pre-concert events for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Study Evenings at the Royal Opera House where he has also interviewed for their ‘In Conversation …’ programme. He currently curates pre-performance events at English National Opera. Christopher was the Director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in 2004 and Chair of the Cheltenham International Music Festival from 2006-2013.

Biography: Michael Fletcher

Matthew Fletcher’s work for Glyndebourne includes Julian Phillips’ The Yellow Sofa (GFO and GT 2012), Falstaff (GFO 2013), L’elisir d’amore (GT 2013), Der Rosenkavalier and La finta giardiniera (GFO 2014). He also performs regularly as an accompanist and chamber musician, and has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St John’s Smith Square and Oxford Lieder Festival. He recently won the Help Musicians UK accompanist prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. Matthew studied at RAM and Cambridge University.

Biography: Joshua Owen Mills, Tenor

Festival 2014: Joshua made his Glyndebourne debut as the Animal Seller in Der Rosenkavalier and is a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus. His recent engagements include: Tamino/Die Zauberflöte (Garsington Opera Studio Programme); Joe Crowell/Our Town, Cat, Lampwich/The Adventures of Pinocchio, Don Curzio/Le nozze di Figaro, Il Duca/Francesca di Foix (GSMD); Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Guildhall Chamber Orchestra); Rossini’s Petite messe Solennelle (Samling Foundation); Elijah (King’s College Chapel); Messiah (Northern Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia Chorus); Ten Tenors (Welsh Hearts Foundation).

Born in South Wales, he studied at the GSMD where he continues as a Samling Scholar. His awards include the Glass Sellers’ Prize in the GSMD Gold Medal Competition, first prize at the Welsh Association of Male Choirs Competition and Dunraven Young Welsh Singer of the Year Competition, London Welsh Trust Young Welsh Singer of the Year 2013 and both the Towyn Roberts Scholarship and the Osborne Roberts Memorial Prize in the 2013 National Eisteddfod. He is a 2014 Jerwood Young Artist.

Biography: Anna Rajah, Soprano

Festival 2014: Anna is making her Glyndebourne debut as a Siren in Rinaldo and is a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus. Her recent engagements include Drusilla/L’incoronazione di Poppea, Barbarina/Le nozze di Figaro, Lady Ellington/La vie Parisienne, Membra Jesu Nostri, La Princesse/L’enfant et les sortilèges, Alceste/Arianna di Creta (RCM); Pepik, Owl, Frog/The Cunning Little Vixen, Queen of the Night/Die Zauberflöte (Ryedale Festival Opera).

Born in Darlington, she studied at the GSMD before joining the RCM where she is currently at the International Opera School. A Fishmongers Company scholar, a Samling Scholar and Neville Wathen Memorial award holder, she is also 2014 winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, the Brooks/Van der Pump English Song and Joan Chissell Schumann Song competitions and the audience prize at the 2012 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards. She is a 2014 Jerwood Young Artist.

Biography: Julian Rushton

Julian Rushton is Emeritus West Riding Professor of Music at the University of Leeds; he previously taught at the University of East Anglia and at Cambridge. He has published extensively on Gluck, Mozart, Berlioz, and Elgar, including the Mozart entries for The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, republished as a separate volume in 2007. His short biography 'Mozart, an Extraordinary Life' appeared in 2005 from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and in 2006 he published a new volume on Mozart in the long-standing series The Master Musicians (Oxford University Press). He was President of the Royal Musical Association, 1994–9, and has been chairman of the Editorial Committee of Musica Britannica since 1993. He is a corresponding Member of the American Musicological Society and was appointed to the Direktorium of the International Musicological Society in 2007.


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