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09 January 2018Opera and Design
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Opera and Design Simon Rees Tuesday 09 January 2018

Opera is an elaborate, even extravagant, art form.  From its earliest times at the beginning of the 17th century, up to the present day, it has employed artists and architects to design sets and costumes and has used the richest materials and special effects.  Simon Rees traces the arts associated with opera through surviving drawings, paintings, early theatres and their scenery, up to the present day, where such artists as John Piper, Sidney Nolan and David Hockney have thrived as theatre designers.  

Simon studied at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Trinity College, Cambridge, receiving a BA and an MA in English Literature.  He taught in Italy and Japan, exploring the art and architecture of both countries.   From 1989 to 2012 he was Dramaturg at Welsh National Opera in Cardiff, working with set, costume and props designers and giving lectures on their work in opera production.  Now a freelance writer and lecturer, he lectures widely on opera, art history and literature.  He has published several novels, poems and opera librettos.