Giuseppe Verdi and La Fenice - 2018 Ashley Clarke Memorial Lecture
This talk will examine the birth of the five operas that Verdi wrote for the famous Venetian Theatre. Two of them, RIGOLETTO and La TRAVIATA, are among the most famous and most often performed operas in the world. The other three, ERNANI, ATTILA and SIMONE BOCCANEGRA, are less often given, but are all exciting,intensely characteristic works.Sir Mark Elder, a celebrated Verdi interpreter, will discuss and illustrate their different qualities and their importance within the range of Verdi's output.Sir Mark Elder has been Music Director of the Hallé since September 2000. He was previously Music Director of English National Opera (1979–1993) and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, is a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has appeared annually at the Proms for many years, including – in 1987 and 2006 – in the internationally televised Last Night.He has enjoyed a long association with the Royal Opera House and appears in many other prominent theatres including the Metropolitan Opera, Opéra de Paris and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He was the first English conductor to conduct a new production at the Bayreuth Festival. In April 2011, he took up the position of Artistic Director of Opera Rara, and he has made many award-winning recordings in a wide repertoire with the Hallé. Sir Mark Elder was appointed a Companion of Honour in 2017, knighted in 2008 and awarded the CBE in 1989.
Buy Tickets online or download a Booking FormTickets and timings for 12 November:
Doors open 7 for 7.15pm (NB this event is later than usual)
Venue: Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly W1J 0BE
Tickets: £40 Friends, £45 Others - to include reception afterwards