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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 BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services