Sophie Pullen

Opera Prelude: Pulling the Heart Strings

The harp in opera

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 10:30

Venue: Caversham Room at Cadogan Hall

Price: £ 30.00

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Performers

Sophie Pullen (soprano) and harpist Valeria Kurbatova (LPO Young Artist)

A discussion about the special relationship between the soprano voice and the harp in opera through the ages. This engaging duo has been performing together for a number of years since being selected to open the BAFTA games awards in 2016.

Duration: approx. 2 hours

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£30

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