Presenters for German Opera Discovery Day announced

Expert presenters and performers have been announced for the next THSH Discovery Day: The German Operatic Tradition, at CBSO Centre on Saturday 24 May. Tickets can now be bookedhere.

Curated by writer, lecturer and broadcaster, David Nice, the day links four of the greatest Germanic operas (Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Ariadne auf Naxos, Wagner’s Götterdämmerung and Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron) which are all being performed in Birmingham between May and July.

Distinguished actors led by Dame Harriet Walter join scholars Michael Tanner (opera critic, The Spectator), Prof William Mival (Royal College of Music) and Stephen Johnson (BBC Radio 3), for what promises to be an entertaining and thought-provoking day of lectures, readings and music.

David Nice writes:

Richard Strauss was an ardent Wagnerian in his youth, but in his two best-loved operas, Der Rosenkavalier and Ariadne auf Naxos, he leavened the Wagner strain with homages to his beloved Mozart. Distinguished Wagnerian Michael Tanner looks at the great example of the last Ring opera, Götterdämmerung, after lively excursions around the rich and varied sources for the two Strauss operas by David Nice and William Mival. Finally Stephen Johnson tackles the thorny questions of Moses and Aron by Schoenberg, the composer who broke with the traditions preserved by Strauss and found a new voice. All four lectures will be enhanced by readings from the distinguished libretti by Dame Harriet Walter and three other actors, and there will be a musical interlude from Birmingham Conservatoire students.

On his own blogsite, David Nice explains how the idea for the day took shape following a conversation with Dame Harriet Walter.

The German Opera Discovery Day takes place at CBSO Centre, Birmingham, on Saturday 24 May from 10.30am. Full details of the day’s schedule and participants here.

The CBSOperform Der Rosenkavalier at Symphony Hall onSaturday 24 May.
Welsh National Operaperform Moses und Aron at Birmingham Hippodrome onWednesday 18 June.
Opera Northperform Götterdämmerung at Symphony Hall onSaturday 21 June.
The Royal Operaperform Ariadne auf Naxos at Symphony Hall onSunday 6 July.