To Act A Passion Well

Experiments in baroque acting after the best dramatick principles

The Maggie Collins Lecture for the Society for Theatre Research

to be given at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, WC
on Tuesday December 15th 2009 at 7:30 pm
Free admission
and mince pies after the lecture!

presented by Kate Brown
with Zak Ozmo, archlute
Suzanne Walker, soprano
Emily Smith, cello
Nat Mander, harpsichord

Experiments in baroque opera acting on the best dramatick principles,
or how 17th and 18th century singers might have approached
the dramatic music of Monteverdi, Purcell and Handel.

How do we use what we know of the cultural context and the mindset and training of 17th and 18thC performers to understand how to perform baroque opera?
Zak Ozmo, playing the archlute, leads musicians from the Royal Academy, while three desperate heroines and a Mad Spirit (sung by Suzanne Walker) illustrate Kate Brown's lecture.