David Nice gives ten lectures on Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Paddington’s Frontline Club 12 January – 16 March 2015, Mondays 2.30-4.30pm
David is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster on music with a special interest in Russian and late romantic composers. His last Building a Library for BBC Radio 3’s CD Review was on Parsifal. He has now explored all the major Wagner operas over 25 years of opera appreciation classes at the City Literary Institute and launched his new Opera in Depth series at the wonderful Frontline Club this term with Prokofiev’s War and Peace.
He last took students through Meistersinger five years ago at the time of Richard Jones’s revelatory new production for Welsh National Opera with Bryn Terfel making his role debut as Sachs. Now, with fast-rising Wagnerian bass-baritone Iain Paterson as the lynchpin, Jones’s production moves to English National Opera, with some rethinks promised. Richard twice visited David’s Opera in Focus classes, discussing Meistersinger and Britten’s Gloriana, and he has promised to pay another visit this time. Come and enjoy total immersion in an inexhaustibly rich and beautiful opera.
Fully illustrated with sound clips and DVD production scenes on the Frontline’s big screen. The Club has excellent facilities: you are invited to enjoy efreshments in the main room on the first floor for half an hour before and after the classes, and the restaurant is warmly recommended. There are, however, two flights of stairs to negotiate.
Venue: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2 1QJ
Nearest tubes: Paddington, Edgware Road, Lancaster Gate
Fees: £180 per each term of ten two-hour classes
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to confirm a place on this highly popular course