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Tuesday, February 9, 2010


(Pic: Dr David Smith)

Durban musicologist Dr David Smith will give a series of four Monday evening lectures entitled The Four Winds of Opera. Illustrated with excerpts from audio and DVD recordings, the lectures will be given each week from February 15 to March 8.

Presented through the Life Long Learning initiative, the lecture series will focus on explorations of Music, its Productions and History. The first lecture, to be given on February 15, is themed The South Wind which blows from Italy, birthplace of opera and source of so many famous works and singers.

The North Wind, the second lecture in the series, to be delivered on February 22, will trace the reception of Opera north of the Alps, and The East Wind on March 1 will scrutinize how the East has been portrayed in Opera, with reference to the Ottoman Empire, Persia, India and China.

Concluding the series on March 8 with The West Wind, Dr Smith, who is retired Professor of Opera and Choral Studies at UKZN, will follow Opera along colonial routes to the New World, and other far flung countries, like our own.

The lectures take place from February 15 to March 8 between 18h00 and 20h00 in Room 167 of the Memorial Tower Block on the Howard College campus of UKZN. Admission is free to registered students. Public admission is R240 for the course. For more information and to book a place, go to or phone 082 873 2702.