Birth of an Opera

Birth of an Opera

8:00pm Sunday, August 1 2010

Theatre by the Lake

£19.50/ £13 Allocated Seating

New Generation Composers, 4 Scenas world premièresPergolesi, La Serva Padrona (semi-staged)

Lesley Jane Rogers, sopranoQuentin Hayes, baritoneRoderick Barrand, pianoGarth Bardsley, directorRobert Saxton, 4x4 lead composer

In 1733, and at the age of only 23, Pergolesi’s one-act opera buffa, La Serva Padrona (The Maid as Mistress) launched the young composer’s career into the realms of 18th-century stardom. It tells the story of a manipulative servant girl and her mission to become lady of the manor. Led by Robert Saxton, the evening opens with first performances of four short operatic scenes, written by emerging young professional composers looking to establish themselves on the 21st century soundscape.

Event artists
Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano)

Lesley-Jane Rogers is heralded as one of the most versatile soloists of today, and is renowned for her captivating and evocative performances. An established concert soloist, she specialises in oratorio,... read more

Quentin Hayes

Quentin Hayes studied at Dartington Arts College, at the Guildhall and at the National Opera Studio on a Countess of Munster Scholarship. In 1992 he... read more

Roderick Barrand

Roderick is a graduate of Manchester University and Associate of the RNCM with Diplomas in Teaching Performance and Accompaniment. He studied accompaniment under David Lloyd and John Wilson, followed by... read more

Robert Saxton

Robert Saxton was born in London in 1953. After early advice from Benjamin Britten, he studied with Elisabeth Lutyens. Whilst at Cambridge University he studied with Robin Holloway and, as... read more

Garth Bardsley

Garth is an actor, singer, director, biographer and writer and has sung with numerous opera companies as well as in the West End as the Phantom in The Phantom of... read more

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