The RPS conversation – opera
The RPS present a new series of conversations especially for classical music lovers, aiming to give a very human impression of how the pandemic is affecting the lives and work of classical music makers.
These are extraordinary times for us all, and particularly for the performing arts. Right now, you are likely hearing much animated advocacy from all sorts of voices, each speaking out for music whilst – in lockdown – it can hardly speak for itself. Yet on the other hand, you may be wondering how all that squares with the unlimited luxuries of classical music still bringing us so much comfort from our radio stations and streaming services, not to mention the deluge of inspired performances that musicians are sharing with us all from home.
This conversation is on opera and is available to watch, listen to or read now. It brings together Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director of the Royal Opera House, soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn who has gone from singing title roles at the New York Met and English National Opera to finding herself homebound in rural Yorkshire, Lorna Price, Head of Costume at Scottish Opera who has been making hundreds of scrubs for the NHS, and tenor Trystan Llŷr Griffiths who has unexpectedly found new fame singing opera on his doorstep in Cardiff.