Opera in England is a popular art form. It is mostly European opera – but European in our own peculiar way. We sang Verdi in English, Wagner in Italian, and completely rewrote the plot of the Mozarts – but we did it brilliantly.
All of the great theatre innovations happened in England – ghost traps, coloured lighting, dazzling spots … And, in spite of our waywardness, some really serious work was done. This is a lecture about the exuberant native tradition of opera in this country.
Sarah Lenton has spent her working life in the theatre, principally at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and English National Opera. She writes programme articles and websites, she gives lectures on the operas and ballets in the rep. and does live opera broadcasts and podcasts for BBC Radios 3 and 4. She has written and directed many shows, including more than 20 for the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre and for Glyndebourne Touring Opera. She is also a cartoonist.
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