Handel's Green Room

Preparing for CHOC's Tamerlano in spring 2021

A series of three online discussions

Cambridge Handel Opera Company presents three online discussions focussed on key aspects of preparing a performance and offering audiences a chance to discover how a CHOC opera production reaches the stage. Discussions between Artistic Director, Julian Perkins, and invited guests, chaired by Dr Ruth Smith, are interspersed with musical illustrations, and include opportunities for the audience to participate in Q&A.

Tickets cost £8 per session. Each session will be recorded. Ticket holders unable to join the session at the time of transmission and those wishing to revisit it will be able to access it via a private Vimeo link for a week afterwards.

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Discussion One: Ornamenting Handel

Tuesday 23 February, 6.30pm-8pm

What (if any) should be the limits of ornamentation, what role can the instruments play, and who decides and how? Julian Perkins and Christopher Turner (Bajazet, tenor) explore how Italian operas such as Tamerlano allow for creativity by singers and instrumentalists.

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Discussion Two: Recitative - 'Speaking in Tones'

Tuesday 30 March, 6.30pm-8pm

Not just link passages! Artistic director Julian Perkins and Tamerlano stage director Dionysios Kyropoulos discuss the vital role that recitatives have in the drama: expressing character, forwarding the plot, providing emotional launch pads for arias. In a hands-on session Julian and Dionysios explore in detail their approaches to preparing recitatives with singers, and they conclude with thoughts about the special nature of accompanied recitative.

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Discussion Three: Production Dynamics

Tuesday 27 April, 6.30pm-8pm

What goes into staging Handel’s Tamerlano? In this interactive session Julian Perkins and Dionysios Kyropoulos discuss auditioning, preparing a performing edition, elements of baroque gesture, and their plans for the intricate rehearsal schedule.

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