Opera 101

Monday, Jan 29, 2024 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Sandcastle, Kiawah Island SC

Opera 101 welcomes both the uninitiated and experienced lovers of classical western opera from its inception in Italy over 400 years ago to the present, and is open to all Kiawah residents.

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Edward Brennan – Director of Operations & Development, Charleston Opera Theater

Lohengrin – The leit-er side of Wagner

This discussion on Wagner’s interpretation of the “swan knight” legend will explore the musical stylings of the composer and how Lohengrin fits into the canon of German masterpieces.

Edward Brennan is an American tenor based in Charleston, SC. Hailed as a “powerhouse,” he is a rising star in dramatic repertoire and has performed with companies like Utah Festival Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera, and Charleston Opera Theater. An alum of The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, he treasures his time spent at the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices with Metropolitan Opera star Dolora Zajick. He also holds the positions of Director of Development and Operations for Charleston Opera Theater and sits on their board of directors.

In our third Opera 101 class, Edward will present Lohengrin from the singer’s point of view as he debuted this role this past summer with the Utah Festival Opera to great critical acclaim. “In terms of looks, stage business and vocal prowess…he is the right man for the assignment – and how he took advantage of the opportunity. His phrasing of the role’s key numbers, such as “Nun sei bedankt, mein lieber Schwan, In fernem Land” and “Mein lieber Schwan!” were elegantly realized through a voice of light silver gossamer.” (Daniel Vasquez, New Outpost) During his Opera 101 class, Edward will explore the musical stylings of Wagner’s most lyric opera.


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