Tuesday 14th May, Arlington Arts Centre,
Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
10.45am The Sorcerer of Bayreuth (finishes approx 12.15pm)
3.00pm Verdi the Comedian (finishes approx 3.30pm)
£12 per talk to include morning coffee and afternoon tea
The Sorcerer of Bayreuth
Barry Millington is the Classical Music Critic for the Evening Standard and Editor of the Wagner Journal. In this illustrated talk he introduces his new book Richard Wagner: the Sorcerer of Bayreuth, which sweeps away stereotypical cliches about Wagner the man, and drawing on recent scholarship presents a lively, more rounded portrait for the bicentenary of his birth. The talk investigates both Wagner's controversial personality and some of the most dramatic episodes of his extraordinary life.
Verdi the Comedian
Cori Ellison, a leading creative figure in the opera world and former Dramaturg at New York City Opera, was recently appointed the first ever Dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Italy's greatest opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi is best known for his tragic operas such as Aida, Otello, La Traviata and Rigoletto but, in this fascinating talk, Cori Ellison redresses the balance and draws on her extensive knowledge and experience to present a fresh look at the composer and his genius for comedy.