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September Seminar: The Works of Bizet - The Pearl Fishers and Carmen

September 3, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

5th Floor, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Orientation for New Members: 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Program: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Lunch 1:15 PM to 2:00 PM)

Speaker: Simon Williams

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Los Angeles Opera kicks off its 2017/2018 season with a mini-Bizet festival of sorts: Carmen, followed by his earlier work, The Pearl Fishers. French composer Georges Bizet is best known for one of the most popular works in the entire operatic repertoire, Carmen, and the duet from his The Pearl Fishers has long been a concert favorite for tenor and baritone. Yet Bizet achieved scant success during his lifetime, perhaps due to his tragically early death at 36.

Professor Simon Williams believes Bizet’s untimely death was “the greatest loss ever to opera.” In his talk, Dr. Williams will examine how Bizet’s operatic style matured during the course of his career, with special emphasis on The Pearl Fishers. Dr. Williams will also demonstrate how the initial failure of Carmen and its immense success just a few short months later were linked. Finally, he will expound his thesis that Carmen is the first truly modern opera.


Simon Williams, Professor, UCSB Department of Theater and Dance

Simon Williams is a professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at UC Santa Barbara. He has been engaged in the study and teaching of opera for decades and is widely known as a speaker on opera, having spoken well over 200 times to several of the leading opera guilds and societies in the US, Europe, and elsewhere. Dr. Williams speaks regularly for the Los Angeles Opera League and the San Francisco Opera Guild and has also spoken on a wide variety of composers at opera houses and organizations in Chicago, Seattle, Washington DC, New York, Boston, Honolulu, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Edinburgh, Dublin and at the Bayreuth Festival, where he delivered the English language audience lectures between 1998 and 2000. He has published two books on Wagner – Richard Wagner and Festival Theatre (Greenwood, 1994) and Wagner and the Romantic Hero (Cambridge University Press, 2004) – and has published chapters in multi-authored volumes on opera.



Tenor Brian Michael Moore and Baritone Juan Carlos Heredia

Tenor Brian Michael Moore and baritone Juan Carlos Heredia, members of the Los Angeles Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, will present selections from The Pearl Fishers and Carmen. They will be accompanied by Nino Sanikidze, head coach of the Young Artist Program.

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Author: Thomas Lady

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