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Ravel's Operas

Blacks Club - 67 Dean St Soho, London, W1D 4QH

Maurice Ravel's operas L'Heure espagnole (1907/1911) and L'Enfant et les sortilèges (1919-25), sit at the heart of his œuvre. Through the prism of these enchanting works, Emily Kilpatrick explores the intersection of professional practice with the creative process. We see Ravel as a collaborator and colleague, at his desk and in the rehearsal studio. We explore the relationships between the composer and his librettists, impresarios and performers, drawing on original staging materials and plenty of lively correspondence. In tracing the intensely practical business of staging operas, the discussion sheds new light on the life and work of this most enigmatic and fascinating of composers.

Pianist and scholar, Emily Kilpatrick, teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and is an active performer. Her research centres on French music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and ranges across opera, song and piano literature. Emily's book The Operas of Maurice Ravel, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. It received a five-star review as the Book Choice for the March 2016 edition of BBC Music Magazine.

'An invaluable contribution' (TLS) 'A distinguished addition to the literature on modern opera' (Notes)

This event is the second in the series of salon-style events being curated by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation at Blacks Club in the heart of Soho, where we know the French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine used to hang out in Soho in the early 1870s. The series will present an eclectic range of arts-related content and will champion the importance of the arts and culture.

How to Book

The event will be held from 6.30pm on Tuesday 22nd May at Blacks Club, 67 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 4QH. The talk itself will commence promptly at 7.00pm, and should last about an hour.

Space at the event is strictly limited.

RSVP in advance to to reserve a place.

These will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis. Please reserve your place now to avoid disappointment!

The event will cost £10 per person on the door, payable to R&V either by cheque or in cash.