Handel’s Green Room 2022

Preparing for CHOC’s Tamerlano in spring 2022

A series of three online discussions

Following the enthusiastic reception of Handel’s Green Room Series 1 last year, CHOC presents a second series of three online discussions in spring 2022. As before, they will focus on CHOC’s forthcoming staged production of Handel’s Tamerlano, and will be chaired by Dr Ruth Smith.

Tickets cost £12 per session. Sessions will be accessible via Zoom, and for four weeks afterwards via a private link sent to subscribers.

Discussion One: Staging an opera, from concept to first night

Wednesday 16 February, 7.30pm-9pm

How is the concept (set, costumes, acting style) arrived at, and how much might it change during rehearsals. A discussion between Julian Perkins, Artistic Director, and Dionysios Kyropoulos, Stage Director.

‘Fear’ from the compendium of facial expressions of emotions (1698) by Louis XIV’s court painter Charles le Brun. This was used as the standard manual for actors throughout the period of baroque opera.

Costume design by Rachel Szmukler for Asteria in CHOC’s Tamerlano.

Discussion Two: Preparing to be Tamerlano

Wednesday 2 March, 7.30pm-9pm

Aspects of creating this challenging title role will be discussed by two singers who are intimately acquainted with it: James Laing, CHOC’s Tamerlano – who is also singing Vivaldi’s Tamerlano at the Royal Opera House in February 2022; and Lawrence Zazzo, who sang Handel’s Tamerlano in Frankfurt in 2019.

Lawrence Zazzo

(photo: Eric Richmond)

James Laing as Demetrio in Berenice.
Royal Opera House, London

(photo: Clive Barda)

Discussion Three: The continuo group

Wednesday 16 March, 7.30pm-9pm

The continuo group is the musical backbone of the ensemble – vocal as well as instrumental. Who plays what, when, on what instrument, and from what music? And who decides? A discussion between Artistic Director Julian Perkins and theorbo player James Akers.

Theorbo rose by Andrea Harton c.1617, from an instrument in the Danish Musical Museum

(photo: Travis Carey)

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