15th March 2022 – 10.00 am for coffee and registration – 3.30 pm  at  The Whitworth Centre

Backstage at the Opera with Simon Rees

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when you attend an opera? Simon Rees opens up the rarely seen world of what happens behind the curtains.

Simon started his career at Kyoto University lecturing in music and theatre and for 23 years gave pre-performance talks for the Welsh National Opera at The New Theatre Cardiff and the Wales Millennium Centre. He lectures on opera, song, orchestral and chamber music, fiction, poetry and art.

The study day opens with the idea and conception of the opera from libretto to musical score and the work of the director and the designers to realise this on stage.

The second session looks at costume design and how costumes are made up from a notepad idea to a mannequin, how they are fitted to individual performers and the use of props and the building of the sets and scenery.

The final session focus upon the piano-vocal rehearsal, the setting up of the stage, how scene changes are made and the backstage environment of the dressing rooms.

The production is unveiled, the audience and the critics arrive. The lights go up!

Price for study day: £40.00 to include a light lunch.

If you are interested in attending please click here to complete the application form and send it with payment to our treasurer as detailed on the form. Final numbers will be confirmed by no later than early February.

Kay Durrant

Study Day Organiser.