Monday, 11 December 2017

Opera singer gives a performer's eye view

Opera singer gives a performer's eye view

BEHIND-the-scenes insights into the life of an opera singer are on offer next Friday (January 27) at a lecture-recital organised by a Henley-based charity.

Opera Prelude, which specialises in giving young singers a start, is embarking on its 2017 programme of events, which are divided between “town” (various London venues) and “country” (Fawley).

The group has been praised by Country Life magazine, which said: “For anyone wanting a performer’s eye view of opera, Opera Prelude is ideal: lecture-demonstrations by professional singers offering engaging insights on repertory and technique.”

Friday’s lecture-recital, at which baritone Ricardo Panela will be accompanied by pianist Natalie Burch, is titled “Send in the clowns — a journey through the ever elusive ‘art’ of auditioning”.

An Opera Awards Foundation bursary winner, Mr Panela will talk about the life and times of an emerging young singer as he builds a career in opera.

A spokesman for Opera Prelude said: “We will journey with Ricardo as he climbs the ladder to success with perseverance, focus and an absolute passion for his art — from the first singing lessons and school shows, to surviving music college and entering the profession.

“Basing the lecture on the evolution of his audition pieces, which he will perform throughout the lecture, Ricardo will guide the audience through the process of preparing for the dreaded singers’ job interview — from choosing the repertoire to dealing with feedback.

“There will be backstage stories and insights as to how the right mentors can help to act upon that feedback.”

The lecture-recital runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Tickets are priced £20, payable in advance. To book, visit www.operaprelude.com

Directions to the venue will be provided on booking. For more information, call 0207 183 7323.

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