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“Opera: The Ultimate Art Form”


“Opera: The Ultimate Art Form”

The sixth lecture in the Akademeia Faculty Lecture Series will be about the different facets of opera which make it a truly ultimate art form, one that brings all types of human expression into one.

Thursday, 21st March 2019 at 6:30 pm
Akademeia High School, Ledóchowskiej 2, Warsaw

What comes to mind first when you think about opera?

Possibly that you need to dress up and go to a fancy theatre in order to see a chubby person singing very loudly. Indeed, opera is an art form burdened with stereotypes: many think it is stiff, incomprehensible, and outdated.

Why then are others willing to travel the world, almost fanatically following their favourite opera stars, and pay sometimes ridiculous amounts for opera tickets? Why do they keep wanting to hear the same pieces, some as old as 400 years, over and over again?

In this lecture, we will examine the different facets of opera which make it a truly ultimate art form, one that brings all types of human expression into one. The hope is that, if you haven’t seen an opera before, you will want to do so!

The lecture will be given by Aleksandra Wittchen, Music Teacher at Akademeia High School.

Aleksandra Wittchen
BA (Hons.) Music, University of Cambridge (Trinity College)
Vocal and Acting Studies, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw

Aleksandra completed her A Levels at Clifton College in Bristol, where she was awarded a scholarship place. She earned her undergraduate degree in Music at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College), where she sang with the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Aleksandra frequently appeared as a soloist during the choir’s international tours and CD recordings. In addition to her work at Akademeia, Aleksandra is currently pursuing a degree in Vocal and Acting Studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, under the tuition of prof. Jolanta Janucik. In her musicological studies, Aleksandra is particularly interested in character development in Classicist and Romantic opera, and the composers of the Young Poland movement.

The event is open to our students, their families and friends, our faculty and staff. If you’re interested in joining us but you don’t attend our school, please send an e-mail to Marta Szewczyk marta.szewczyk@akademeia.edu.pl

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