07 April 2016
Appreciating Tristan und Isolde at the Frontline Club
David Nice (author of this post) has been running the Opera in Depth course at the wonderful Frontline Club in Paddington for nearly two years now, after 25 years of Opera in Focus at the City Lit. We devoted on whole term last season to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and were delighted to welcome Richard Jones back to the course to talk about his production in its second incarnation, at English National Opera. This summer we look at the darker companion piece, Tristan und Isolde, to tie in with another ENO production - this time a brand-new one from Daniel Kramer with Edward Gardner conducting and Stuart Skelton and Heidi Melton as the lovers (not pictured below: that's the Schnorrs).
On ten Monday afternoons from 18 April, we'll be going through the opera scene by scene, looking at the musical language as it relates to the unfolding drama, with plentiful comparisons between performers on both sound and DVD recordings. Two great Isoldes have so far committed to coming along - Susan Bullock and Linda Esther Gray - with more visitors in the pipeline.
18 April - 11 July 2016 2.30pm-4.30pm (no classes on Mondays 2, 16, 30 May)
Venue: Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, W2 1 JQ. Underground: Paddington, Edgware Road, Lancaster Gate
Fee: £180 for full term
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place on this highly popular course
STOP PRESS: everyone is welcome to attend the two class visits. Dates:
27 June Linda Esther Gray
11 July Susan Bullock and Dame Anne Evans
Rate per class: £18. Contact me on the above email address
A blog survey of Tristan impressions at the half way mark here.