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Helena matheopoulos
Helena Matheopoulos

Prayers from the Opera

Helena Matheopoulos

Thursday, 22 March 2018

6:00pm

1 hour

Pusey House: Chapel

£7 - £12.50

Writer and journalist Helena Matheopoulos presents a celebration of prayer in the operatic repertoire – prayer to God, the Angels, the Virgin Mary, and the ancient gods of the pre Christian ages.

Prayers by composers from Mozart to Verdi, Gounod, Puccini and Wagner cover every imaginable human emotion and condition and always occur in climactic and/or highly poignant moments in the dramatic action. Written for every type of operatic voice – soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone and bass as well as the chorus – they constitute some of the most sublime music in opera.

Matheopoulos will play recordings of prayers from operas set in ancient Egypt (Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Verdi’s Aida), Babylon (Verdi’s Nabucco), Greece (Mozart’s Idomeneo), Rome, (Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito), Celtic Britain (Bellini’s Norma), and the Christian era (Verdi’s I Lombardi, La forza del destino, Otello, Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel, and Gounod’s Faust). To mark the time of year, she will play the Good Friday music from Wagner’s Parsifal, the Resurrection chorus from Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust and the Easter Hymn from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana.

Matheopoulos is a former fashion editor of Tatler magazine and a contributor to The Times, Gramophone and Opera Now. She has published widely on opera including Placido Domingo; Diva: The New Generation; and Fashion Designers at the Opera.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine