Colours speak louder than words and, when communicating, tone of voice is all. In opera, music’s hues enhance the expression, enabling us to respond even in settings of foreign language texts.
The English language luxuriates in expressions invoking colour such as “seeing red”, “green with envy”, “feeling blue”, “in the pink”, “browned off” and more Research has repeatedly shown that individuals often associate colours with various emotional terms: red was most associated with anger, green with disgust, black with fear, yellow with happiness, and blue with sadness.
Seven colours make the rainbow and seven notes make our major and minor scales. In “Opera and Colour”, attendees shall examine tone and tint in expressive, emotional operatic action (joy, sadness, embarrassment, rage, envy, tranquillity etc) while, as a second strand, enjoy musical evocations of colour’s obvious associations with the natural world (water, sky, sun, moon, earth, trees, fire and the seasons).
Ross Alley was, for many years, a music lecturer for Birkbeck College (University of London). He has also given numerous guest lectures for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Wigmore Hall, the Wagner Society, the Gustav Mahler Society, and NADFAS.
The seven-part series begins on Thursday, 10 June. Join Ross in this rainbow revelry! Lectures begin at 2.00 pm sharp and end at 4.15 pm.
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