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16. May 2021
16. May 2021
Online via Zoom
WS Scotland - ‘Scandal in opera and in life’

As decades pass by, what is often deemed a scandal in one era can be perceived quite differently by another generation as norms and society changes. A headline such as "Downing Street has a Bastard" would never appear nowadays.

Alberto Massimo, performer, maestro and lecturer specialist in Romantic Opera, will guide you through key moments in Wagner’s life, which caused a scandal, including his constant borrowing and debts. Did these have an immediate effect on his musical compositions? Come and find out!

Maestro Alberto Massimo graduated BMus in Trumpet, Double Bass, and Composition in 1984. He studied Conducting and was Maestro di Capella at the Basilica di Santa Cecilia, working with principal singers at the Teatro dell’ Opera in Rome. He obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Music at the University of Edinburgh in 1991 and was appointed Musical Director of the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra. Alberto has held a number of organist’s posts in Edinburgh and is currently Director of Music at Greenbank Parish Church.

Alberto's talk will be delivered online over Zoom, free to RWVI members and visitors. Start and end times for talks are published on the Wagner Society of Scotland website. To book a place in the talk, and to see future events run by the Society, please visit our website at https://wagnerscotland.net/events/programme-autumn-2020-summer-2021/