What’s So Great About Opera? A cabaret evening with Hilary Summers.
Join Hilary Summers and Andrew West for a hilarious romp through the highs and lows of the world of opera. The evening will feature songs especially composed by the duo, including An Introduction to Baroque Opera and I’m a Puccini Heroine Addict as well as performances of beloved arias from the operatic canon.
Absurd plots, gender fluidity, modern music and voice categorisation will all come under scrutiny, and the performance culminates in Summers/West Productions’ Essential Magic Flute – a one-woman, 25-minute reduction of Mozart’s masterpiece.
Hilary Summers is one of Britain’s leading contraltos and performs regularly around the world. She was a soloist on two occasions at the 2019 BBC Proms.
Hilary Summers contralto
Andrew West piano