Wagner in English and the Legacy of the ENO, with Andrew Whitfield and special guests

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  • Wagner in English and the Legacy of the ENO, with Andrew Whitfield and special guests
    28 May 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Wagner in English and the Legacy of the ENO,

with Andrew Whitfield and special guests

Special guests include Anne Evans and Lorna Haywood.

ZOOM WEBINAR: 6.30pm, 28th May 2021

Andrew Whitfield will interview singers who participated in the Mackerras-era of the English National Opera, with a focus on performances of Wagner.  Andrew will delve into how singing in the vernacular aids in vocal production and connection to text, as well as explore the anatomy of a good English translation and why the public can be put off by hearing opera in their native tongue.


Lorna Haywood

Lorna Haywood (soprano) made her American debut as soloist with Robert Shaw. She has sung with most of America’s major symphony orchestras, including Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, National, Minnesota, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Summer festival appearances include Blossom, Meadowbrook, Aspen, Tanglewood, Grant Park, Cincinnati, Glyndebourne, Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, and London’s Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall. She sang with the Handel Society in Washington, D.C., the Music of the Baroque in Chicago, and was soprano soloist with the Bach Aria Group for two years. In this country her opera appearances include those with the Chicago Lyric, the Boston Concert, the San Francisco, the Dallas Civic, the Baltimore Lyric, and the Pacific Northwest Festival in Seattle, and the companies of New Orleans, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Forth Worth, Columbus, Toledo, Atlanta and Honolulu. In Europe she has sung frequently at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the English National Opera, the Welsh National Opera, and the Scottish Opera. Regarded as a leading interpreter of the operas of Leos Janacek, she has sung this repertory in London, New York, San Francisco, Johannesburg and Prague. Her orchestral and concert appearances include those with the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Recordings she has made include Wagner’s “Die Feen” with the B.B.C. Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s “Requiem” with Amor Artis, conducted by Johannes Somary (Vox Classics); Paul Paray’s mass with the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Reference Records); the GRAMMY-Award-winning performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony; and Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors with the Royal Opera Covent Garden Orchestra and Chorus.


Andrew Whitfield

Andrew Whitfield is currently Associate Conductor and Chorus Master at Minnesota Opera, a post he has held since 2018. In 2019 he made his conducting debut with the company in performances of La Traviata and returned to the podium the following year to conduct Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Prior to that, Whitfield was Resident Conductor and Chorus Master at Opera San José. A champion of new works, Whitfield served as prompter for the World Premiere of Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber at San Francisco Opera, and has subsequently collaborated with composers such as Kevin Puts, Paola Prestini, Alma Deutscher and Joel Puckett. Whitfield has also worked at the San Francisco Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra, assisting and covering conductors like Semyon Bychkov, Susanna Mälkki, Edward Gardner, Jane Glover, and Karina Canellakis.

Active in the time of COVID, this January Whitfield will make his Fort Worth Opera debut in the virtual world premiere of Joseph Illick’s Bernadette’s Cozy Book Nook . He has also collaborated with The Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Opera Theatre and Opera America on other virtual opera projects.

In 2007 Whitfield founded Opera Depot, a company dedicated to restoring and promoting live broadcasts of opera recordings. In that time, Opera Depot has disseminated hundreds of thousands of hours of opera and amassed a collection nearing two thousand recordings.

This online event is £5 to all members, £10 for non-members (Refundable on joining) and free for students/under 30s.  Please register your interest below and you will be sent a Zoom link in good time for the lecture, probably during the previous day. (Please do not contact us for the link unless it has not been received immediately before the lecture is due to begin.) If you wish to make a donation, please do so via our website (see button to the right) or contact treasurer@wagnersociety.org.   (NOTE: Joint members intending to watch this lecture together only need to register once.)




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