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Operatic Structures

In this four-part series, Ross Alley examines opera’s essential ingredients.

In this four-part series, Ross Alley examines opera’s essential ingredients beginning with the aria, that quintessentially melodic outpouring in which a character dreams of love or triumph, unburdens anxiety, or mourns grief. Part two celebrates the operatic duet, not only as a bond of love or friendship, but also of outrage or vengeance. Opera’s trump card is the ensemble, the subject of the third talk, an extraordinary musical device not possible in spoken drama, in which the characters can express conflicting emotions yet be united by the music. In the final part, we revel in the magnificence of the operatic chorus, be it rousing and war-like, downtrodden and vilified, indignant and wrathful, or joyous and jubilant.

20 April: “The Aria”
25 May: “The Duet”
29 June: “The Ensemble”
13 July: “The Chorus”


Ross Alley | talks


Date and Time:

20 April 2010 at 2:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



London Jewish Cultural Centre
Ivy House
94-96 North End Road
NW11 7SX

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£60 for 4 sessions

Available from:

02084575000 or www.ljcc.org.uk

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