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The History of Opera (Abridged!)

Presented by Swansea City Opera

In his own inimitable style Brendan Wheatley, Artistic Director of Swansea City Opera, and his guests, tenor Rhodri Prys Jones and soprano Jessica Robinson, will take you on a whistle stop tour of 400 years of opera.

What is a castrato?

Which composer died of a conducting accident?

Why are basses taller than tenors?

Why was Bizet’s opera Carmen a flop?

This informative and light-hearted evening expresses the great enjoyment that can be had with opera and is perfect for newcomers to opera and regulars alike. As always there will be lots of live music accompanied by piano, to demonstrate the ever changing styles in this wonderful art form. Brendan will delve into the world of opera, providing interesting facts and anecdotes to demonstrate the ever changing styles in the wonderful art form, including arias and duets by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Mussorgsky and many many more.

Brendan has devoted a lifetime to opera, both as a singer and in running his own successful touring companies, Opera Box and Swansea City Opera with his partner Bridgett. Often tongue in cheek, he looks forward to sharing his love of opera with you!

What the papers say:

Brendan was a most warm and charismatic host with a great sense of comic timing that came over not only in his presenting ( we learnt some eye-watering facts about the Castrati), but in his polished performances too. 

A most enjoyable evening……. I would have liked to have heard more from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, as Brendan was wonderfully mischievous in his role of “ a very naughty boy ”.   

Soprano – Jessica Robinson

Tenor – Rhodri Prys Jones

Bass-baritone & Presenter Brendan Wheatley

Pianist Caradog Williams


The History of Opera (Abridged!) | Swansea City Opera | Opera Dinas Abertawe

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