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Opera Seminar: Dido and Aeneas and L'Enfant et les Sortilege

Opera Seminar: Dido and Aeneas and L'Enfant et les Sortilege

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  • Sat 8 Aug ’15, 10:00am – 1:00pm


Victoria University Hunter Council Chamber, Hunter Building, Kelburn Parade, Wellington


All Ages

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Enhance your experience of The New Zealand School of Music’s double bill performance of Dido and Aeneas and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at Victoria Memorial Theatre from 13-16 August by attending our seminar in advance of the performance. In this three-hour seminar NZSM Faculty members will present a fascinating insight into the operas, from direction and design concepts through to background and historical context of the music. For an additional treat, singing students will perform arias from Dido and Aeneas.

Dido and Aeneas
Coming to terms with consequences in childhood doesn’t always prepare us for the complexities of adult responsibilities. What happens when you fall in love with the wrong man? Or when you stand against your fate? Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is an intense exploration of love and intimacy between two very public figures. As Dido and Aeneas take their first hesitant and anxious steps on the path of love and desire, they express fears and hopes we can all relate to. Their inevitable descent into despair is set to some of the most profound and moving music ever composed.

L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
What happens if the scribbled homework book and the broken teapot begin to fight back? In Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, we are taken into a fantastical world as a child must suddenly explain himself to the toys and paraphernalia he has gleefully terrorised. Based on a story by the French writer Colette, this short opera dazzles with wonderful and uncanny soundscapes. With a set that evokes the secret forts we all built as children and the magic that hid in the shadows of the garden, this opera is a visual and musical fantasy.

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