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Summer Opera: Kurt Weill & Monteverdi

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

camera lens with person in reflection

Guildhall's Opera department presents a collection of Monteverdi Madrigals, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by Monteverdi, and Der Zar lässt sich photographieren by Weill.

A photographic studio in Paris. News arrives that the Tsar is coming.

First performed in Leipzig in 1928, Weill’s one-act comedy was extremely popular in its day and on the German stage, part of the now rarely performed “Zeitoper” genre of music theatre.

The performance opens with music from 17th Century Italy: students from Guildhall’s Opera department perform a collection of Monteverdi Madrigals alongside Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, an operatic scena for three voices. 

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