Explore the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through music and art, revealing a fascinating thread of unexpected connections that unites these elevated art forms at Leighton House, Thursday 17 March 2016 from 7-9pm.

All proceeds from tickets sales will go to Opera Prelude, a charity dedicated to supporting young opera singers at the beginning of their careers.

The evening will focus on three key figures of the time: Lord Leighton (1830 – 1896), Pauline Viardot Garcia (1821 – 1910) and Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869): painter, diva and composer brought together in friendship and creativity around a theme that was increasingly popular at the time within this closest of artistic circles.

Using Leighton’s 1864 painting “Orpheus & Eurydice” as a backdrop, Maestro Lewis Gaston will open this evening’s event with a lecture discussing the fascinating musical and artistic connections that flourished as an unexpected consequence of Gluck’s original work. Opera Prelude’s young singers will then perform excerpts from Berlioz’s opera in a concert performance accompanied by a string quartet.

Lewis Gaston (Maestro), Callie Swarbrick (soprano), Becca Marriott (soprano), Adriana Festeu (mezzo). Accompanied by a string quartet

Tickets for this lecture will be £35 to include the cost of the programme and interval glass of wine.

Tickets available at http://www.operaprelude.com/london/london-programme-2/