Opera Lecture

Thursday 24 March 2011

With John Allen

Yeats Memorial Building

John Allen, Opera LectureLecture will be free for all Con BRIO sponsors and patrons.
Members: 5 Euros / Non Members:15 Euros.

Refreshments will be served.

Divos! John Allen selects the pick of today’s operatic tenors
Everybody loves a good tenor, especially one endowed with ringing high notes. This most popular of male voices has been around since medieval times, but it came into its own when opera composers began to cast their heroes as tenors in the late years of the 18th century.
And all through the next 200 years, the aphrodisiacal powers of the tenor voice were exploited by bel canto composers like Rossini, Bellini, Donizett, Verdi and Puccini in Italy; Gounod, Bizet and Massenet in France; Beethoven, Weber, Flotow, Nicolai and company in Germany; and all of the great Russian and Eastern European opera composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When opera got louder under the influence of Wagner and the Italian verismo composers, the tenor voice expanded with it.

Nowadays, operatic tenors fall into all sorts of categories, from lyrical seducers like Juan Fiego Florez to Heldentenor superheroes like Ben Heppner. In between, we find a range of suitable weight, style and degree of flexibility to embrace every possible dramatic situation.

John Allen is one of Ireland’s Leading Opera Experts.