Two More Great Singers – Beniamino Gigli and Claudia Muzio
The seventh of a series of day schools in which we explore the careers of great singers and their interpretation of the repertoire they sang, this time delving mostly into the pre-WW2 era.
Gigli was the finest Italian lyric tenor of his generation, the possessor of a particularly smooth and fluent voice, predominantly honey-toned in timbre. He excelled in the music of a considerable variety of composers. Muzio was a lyric-dramatic soprano with an extensive repertory which embraced many of the major roles of Verdi, Puccini and verismo ‘school’. She sang everything with distinction, intensity and depth, greatly, influencing her successors such as Callas.
Andrew Borkowski LLB, was Reader in Law, University of Bristol, where he taught for 42 years before retiring in 2007. He was awarded the University Teaching Prize in 2005 for outstanding contribution to teaching and is author of two widely used undergraduate law textbooks: Textbook on Roman Law; Textbook on Succession (both OUP). Andrew was a Continuing Education Tutor in the Bristol University Music Department for many years, specialising in Italian opera, and also tutoring on the Undergraduate BA Music course. He has also been giving opera talks since 1980 to many music and arts societies, as well as to the branches of the Friends of Welsh National Opera and pre-performance talks for WNO. He has twice been the National Chairman of the WNO Friends and the Chairman of the Bristol WNO Friends three times.
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