What Opera Means

Well-known opera critic Claire Seymour, one of the department’s Associate Lecturers, has been taking part in a BBC Radio 3 discussion. The subject is one very relevant to the department’s Level 3 module, A342, in that it considers Christopher Wintle’s new book, What Opera Means. Claire is part of the discussion along with author Barbara Eichner (Oxford Brookes) and BBC presenter Tom Service. This book, the third in Plumbago/Boydell’s Defining Opera series, is designed for the well-informed opera-lover and explores, through varied ‘case studies’, different elements of opera. The book is divided into various ‘categories’: Sources, Genres, Style, Revisions, Beginning and End, Psychology, Performance. Claire edited the previous title in the series, Disordered Heroes in Opera: A Psychiatric Report, written by John Cordingly. The next title, also by Christopher Wintle and aimed at a more academic readership, will be How Opera Works. You can hear the discussion this Saturday, to be broadcast as part of BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters (12.15-1.00pm).

La Scala, Milan, during a performance (w/c on paper)

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