Yesterday some of our A level Musicians attended a workshop of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro in Bristol. This was then followed by an evening performance in English. This has never been available before and is a fantastic opportunity to gain a practical insight into the set work by Tessitoura, an opera company led by Dr Steven Kings (composer, conductor and pianist based in Bristol), Charlotte Monk (an experienced director of operas for Bristol Opera) and Anre Kovac who is conducting his 5th production of the Marriage of Figaro.
Marriage of Figaro is one of our set areas of study and it gave a unique and memorable insight into the workings of the piece and the opportunity to see the final performance.
Ms Hammond said, "It was a wonderful insight into Mozart's mind...with Dr Kings stopping the vocalists on stage and explaining in detail what was happening in the music. Then the evening performance was accompanied by professional musicians in an orchestra."
Students appreciated the opportunity too:
"Time flew watching a 3 hour opera, because I was so engaged with what was going on!"
"I understand the story now and the workshop helped me understand the key points in the music."
"I felt I was in the opera, we were so close!"