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★Opera Live At Home★ with award-winning actor Tama Matheson

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"Prima le parole" a unique evening of dramatic indulgence and operatic sleuthing, provides a thrilling insight into the world of opera.

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We are fortunate to present award-winning writer, actor and director Tama Matheson for our performance this month. As an opera director, Tama has worked all over the world, including Sydney Opera House, Oper Graz, Houston Grand Opera, Melbourne and Perth and South Australian Opera. Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Real Madrid and Baden Baden Opera.

Tama will delve into the history of the opera and excavate a handful of the better-and lesser-known theatre works that underpin the operatic canon. This performance offers treasures rarely seen in their theatrical form.

Who are the great playwrights of the operatic world? What are the plays that inspired the great operas, and what was it about them that captivated the imaginations of the composers who wrote them?

From Shakespeare to Schiller, Goethe to Victor Hugo and Büchner to David Garrick, a trove of ravishingly dramatic theatre gleams beneath the landscape of the operatic genre. In Prima le Parole, Tama brings some of these theatre works to life.

Operas on the examination table:

  • Verdi's Don Carlos and Rigoletto
  • Rossini's Guillaume Tell
  • Gounod's Faust
  • Berg's Wozzeck
  • Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto
  • Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot

Though many of these works remain firmly in the theatrical repertoire, many of them are quite unknown to us as plays today – we know only their operatic incarnations; yet, in their day, they were greatly admired as theatre-pieces, and often enjoyed enormously long runs in the theatre. Most importantly of all, they were powerful enough to urge the great composers to translate them into music.

Fascinating for any opera-lover to look anew at these theatre pieces, and to see them as the great composers saw them – as visceral and exciting plays, capable of capturing the imaginations of operatic dramatists.

See our preview here.

A short Q&A session follows the performance where audience members may ask questions to the artist(s).

NB: Start time is 7.30PM (GMT, London UK). Our performances are global so please see the Time Zone for your country. This performance may be viewed on-demand to all ticketholders for 30 days after the nsmission date.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Opera Live At Home★ was recently founded by Helen Astrid to provide a much needed performance platform for both UK-based opera singers and accompanists as well as bringing live music to you. What makes us unique is the opportunity to meet the artists afterwards, something you would never normally experience in the opera house or concert hall.

If you would like to support our work please email hello@operaliveathome.co.uk

Helen Astrid is a former opera singer with English National Opera and Garsington Opera Festival. She has considerable experience in giving talks on the history of opera both online and in the classroom and her Tedx Talk 'Tell me the Truth about Opera' has been viewed by thousands.

Helen lectures for Bishopsgate Institute, Cambridge University and Imperial College London and the International School of London. She is also Director of Corporate Singing Workshops delivering bespoke training sessions for companies and organisations around the world. www.operaliveathome.co.uk.


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Helen trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  She is reconginsed as one of Britain’s leading musical figures and is sought after as an expert on the operatic repertory and on the voice. She regularly appears in the media, press and TV and lectures for Cambridge University, the Bishopsgate Institute and Morley College.

She enjoyed a career as a professional opera singer for 22 years singing at English National Opera, the Linbury Studio-Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Garsington Opera. Helen recently launched Opera Live At Home, providing a much needed performance platform for UK-based opera singers and accompanists as well as bringing live music to you at home.

Helen is also director of Corporate Singing Workshops, facilitating virtual and face-to-face team-building singing sessions for organisations and businesses around the world, bringing senior leaders and teams together during and after Covid-19.

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