If you have ever thought that you don't really know enough about the operas that you are listening to, then Masterclass and Co give you the chance to find out more. On 14 March at the Cadogan Hall, they are providing the opportunity to get closer to opera and performance in a one-day study day devoted to 18th century opera. There will be lectures on Gluck and on Mozart, as well as performances of arias and duets from opera by Gluck and by Mozart. The performances also feature a Q&A with singers, talking about vocal technique and approaching a role.
Its a chance for ordinary mortals to get close to opera and look at the details of the music, performance and social context of a particular area with some distinguished people talking. Journalist, broadcaster and lecturer Mel Cooper will be lecturing on The Mannheim School and the pioneering work of Gluck. Jean-Philippe Calvin, a French composer who is Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, will focus on the music from two of Mozart's operas. Then the pianist Harvey Davies will lecture on the wider musical and social contexts of Mozart's operas. The programme includes a final 90 minutes listening to and talking to the singers from the Royal Northern College of Music. Further information from the Masterclass and Co website.