"Get Opera out of its ghetto" - Keynote speech

 

 

Graham Vick on page 3, The Guardian, Wednesday 11th May 2016

 

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Graham Vick's keynote speech at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards has been published today in The Guardian (11 May  on Page 3).  The full transcript is also available online here.

 

Graham Vick receives Opera Oscar

Graham Vick - credit Hugo Glendinning 5082 Graham Vick, Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company, has been made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, the 139th recipient since the first honorary membership was made to the composer Carl Maria von Weber in 1826.

He was presented with the certificate of Honorary Membership by RPS Chairman, John Gilhooly during the glittering Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards ceremony in London (the UK’s most prestigious awards for live classical music, presented in association with BBC Radio 3). 

 The citation which describes Graham as having  "single-handedly changed the way we think about opera" can be found here. Illustrious RPS Honorary Members have included Rossini (1839), Brahms (1882), Clara Schumann(1887) and Stravinsky (1921).

  

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We teamed up with Birmingham based, Blue Monday, to create a striking new video featuring six of the 150 volunteer actors, singers and dancers who took part in our dramatic production of Dido 'n' Aeneas.

The shoot picks up on the themes of personal identity and DNA, which are explored in the production. It reflects the journey our volunteers are taking to discover something new about themselves and unleash their potential.

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