The History of Opera (Abridged)

Sat 06 Nov 2021

A musical romp through 400 years of opera.


A humorous and informative whistle-stop tour with Brendan Wheatley and his guests and loads and loads of music!


What is a castrato? Which composer died of a conducting accident? Why are basses taller than tenors? Why was Carmen a flop?


Music from Monteverdi to Kurt Weill!


Perfect for newcomers to opera and regulars alike!


A light hearted and informative evening combined with beautiful singing accompanied by piano with soprano and tenor. The evening is interspersed with interesting facts and anecdotes to demonstrate the ever changing styles in the wonderful art form of opera: including arias and duets by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Mussorgsky and many many more.



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


What the papers say……..


A most enjoyable evening….we discovered that Opera is very much a living art form…….


Brendan was wonderfully mischievous in his role of “a very naughty boy”….


Quotes from a review by: Julia Pattison - Pocklington Post




Jessica Robinson – soprano

Rhodri Prys-Jones – tenor

Brendan Wheatley – bass baritone and presenter

Caradog Williams – Pianist


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