Tuesday 20 May 2014

German Opera Discovery Day Bham. Inc Michael Tanner

Well, there's our Saturday taken care of. Full day event from 10.30  till 15.30. And should you get a chance there is a concert performance of Der Rosenkavalier afterwards. More here: Der Rosenkavalier

Discovery Day: The German Operatic Tradition
Saturday 24 May, 10:30am
CBSO Centre


Expert presenters and performers have been announced for the next THSH Discovery Day: The German Operatic Tradition, at CBSO Centre on Saturday 24 May. To book click here

Curated by writer, lecturer and broadcaster, David Nice, the day links four of the greatest Germanic operas (Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Ariadne auf Naxos, Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron) which are all being performed in Birmingham between May and July.

Distinguished actors led by Dame Harriet Walter join scholars Michael Tanner (opera critic, The Spectator), Prof William Mival (Royal College of Music) and Stephen Johnson (BBC Radio 3), for what promises to be an entertaining and thought-provoking day of lectures, readings and music.

On his own blogsite, David Nice explains how the idea for the day took shape following a conversation with Dame Harriet Walter.

David Nice writes:

‘Richard Strauss was an ardent Wagnerian in his youth, but in his two best-loved operas, Der Rosenkavalier and Ariadne auf Naxos, he leavened the Wagner strain with homages to his beloved Mozart. Distinguished Wagnerian Michael Tanner looks at the great example of the last Ring opera, Götterdämmerung, after lively excursions around the rich and varied sources for the two Strauss operas by David Nice and William Mival. Finally Stephen Johnson tackles the thorny questions of Moses and Aron by Schoenberg, the composer who broke with the traditions preserved by Strauss and found a new voice. All four lectures will be enhanced by readings from the distinguished libretti by Dame Harriet Walter and three other actors, and there will be a musical interlude from Birmingham Conservatoire students’.
The German Opera Discovery Day takes place at CBSO Centre, Birmingham, on Saturday 24 May from 10.30am.  Full details of the day’s schedule and participants here.