• Time: 09:30 - 13:00
  • Date: Saturday 25 January 2020
  • Location: School of Music, University of Leeds
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  • Cost: Full Price: £30 Concessions: £15
  • Type: Lectures and seminars
  • Open to: General public
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This event looks at the themes of dreams and disillusionment in Kurt Weill's opera Street Scene, with presentations from a psychoanalytical perspective and sung excerpts from Opera North's production

Kurt Weill’s 1947 opera Street Scene is the inspiration for this event where we take a closer look at the themes of dreams and disillusionment which preoccupy the opera’s characters over one hot summer’s day and night in a New York boarding house and the street outside.

They in part represent the American dream, coming from different countries and backgrounds, of different ages and genders with dreams and ambitions for success and happiness and relief from the pain, the poverty, and frustrations of their lives.

These longings and struggles are also at the heart of the human condition with which psychoanalysis concerns itself; investigating how the conflicts between love and hate, and hope and despair, affect our capacity to thrive and develop.

With presentations from a musical and a psychoanalytic perspective, sung excerpts from Opera North’s Street Scene and discussions amongst presenters and the audience, this event should offer an enlivening experience for anyone, well versed in opera and psychoanalysis or new to them both.

This is a Summer School Projects event - a collaboration between Opera North and the Institute of Psychoanalysis supported by the European Psychoanalytical Federation.

Contributors: Giselle Allen. Soprano. Anna Maurrant in Street Scene for Opera North. Dr David Bell. Psychoanalyst. One of UK’s leading psychiatric experts in asylum and human rights. James Holmes. Conductor of Street Scene, Opera North. Member of Board of Trustees of Kurt Weill Foundation.

Tickets Full price £ 30.00 Concession £ 15.00

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Any questions, please contact Francesca Russo (Higher Education Coordinator, Opera North) francesca.russo@operanorth.co.uk 0113 399 3207