The French conductor, Laurent Pillot, gives a personal insight into the world of opera, introducing a programme of some of the best known operatic arias. These will be performed by singers drawn to Liverpool from many countries to take part in performances of Verdi’s Falstaff with Sir Bryn Terfel later in the month. They are joined by repetiteurs preparing the production.
Laurent Pillot is well known to Liverpool audiences through his work with the European Opera Centre and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. His performances of Mozart’s Così fan tutte in the Concert Room of St George’s Hall attracted capacity audiences. He has wide experience of talking to audiences in continental Europe about music.
Tonight he aims to unlock some of the mysteries of opera. How does this popular art-form often reach the heart and stir such personal emotions? Why do some performers have the ability to communicate so directly with audiences? What does he demand from singers in advanced training and what are the skills required from a young opera singer nowadays.
In the course of this varied programme, Laurent Pillot will also help audience members develop their own critical faculties, putting them in a position to decide not only whether they like a particular performance, but why this is the case.
The European Opera Centre is resident at the Creative Campus of Liverpool Hope University, and is grateful for the use of the University’s rehearsal facilities. The Falstaff project has received support from The Leche Trust and The Granada Foundation.