Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Thinking with opera: Opera North's new podcast

Opera North - Thinking with opera
Opera North has launched a new podcast series, Thinking with opera, in partnership with the University of Leeds as part of their DARE partnership. The series is intended to explore the component part of opera in the light of the wider world of the arts and ideas. The first episode sees Professor Griselda Pollock of the University of Leeds, in conversation with Opera North's projects director Dominic Gray talking about violence in painting, sculpture, film and literature, how it is performed in opera, and its implications.

Prof. Pollock makes a fascinating point, "In cinema you are a spectator; in opera you are present. I’m fascinated by the notion that we witness in opera: we have to endure." And the conversation ranges from Ancient Greece to The Godfather, Pasolini's Medea to Some Like it Hot, focusing particularly on the operas of Puccini and Verdi.

The podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and SoundCloud.


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