A Highly Opinionated History of Opera
Opera appreciation with a difference!
Explore and experience the magical world of opera through the mildly jaundiced eyes of Anka (mezzo-soprano, Liz Ryan) with Deborah Kelleher, her long-time piano accompanist and “enabler”.
Over the 6 week series (every Friday from Oct 5th to Nov 9th), Anka, a singer of no note at all, presents her own distinct and hugely biased views on a range of operatic topics from the sublime to the ridiculous. Alongside her reminiscences, Anka and Deborah will present popular excerpts from operas by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Handel, Purcell, Gluck and Saint-Saëns.
Emerging young singers from the RIAM - Anka’s hated competition - will join our diva, who promises to sing herself (if the fee is high enough or there are handsome men of marriageable age in the audience)!
Week 1: Opera's Neurotics – the Coloratura and Castrato (Anka's professional diagnosis)
Week 2: Mozart … I knew him well (from Anka’s memoirs)
Week 3: Torment and Retribution (A day in the life of Anka)
Week 4: Must the Women die in Opera? (Anka's alternative endings)
Week 5: Lust, Longing and Libido (Anka bares all)
Week 6: In Search of the Divine (Anka looks within)
Tea / Coffee and tasty bites served from 10.30 am
Cost of 6 week course: €120
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