Opera Lecture

Thurs 16 February 2012 8pm

Divas by John Allen

Yeats Memorial Building
Hyde Bridge Sligo

€15 (€5 for members)

John Allen Opera LectureLecture is FREE TO PATRONS AND SPONSORS

Refreshments will be served.

They laugh, they cry, they love, they seduce, they suffer, they pray, they murder, they die. They are opera’s leading ladies, the prima donnas, the divas, the supreme goddesses of the lyric stage.

Divas have always played a creative role the development of opera. Handel conjured up stunning bravura arias for the arch rivals Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni; many of Rossini greatest works were composed for his celebrated wife Isabella Colbran; Giuditta Pasta inspired Bellini and Donizetti to write challenging roles like Norma and Anna Bolena; it was the voice of Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient that set Richard Wagner on the road to Valhalla; Verdi’s second wife Giuseppina Strepponi, who created the role of Abigaille in Nabucco, motivated him throughout most of his long career; Offenbach had his Hortense Schneider; Massenet his Sybil Sanderson; and Pauline de Ahna was the muse behind all of the soaring heroines created by her husband Richard Strauss.

Following the huge success of last years’ lecture we have asked the ever popular JOHN ALLEN to speak on another fascinating subject.