Recorded Vocal Art Society


established in 1953 for lovers of opera and song

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Programme for 2019/20 season

Meetings begin at 7.00pm and close around 9.00 pm

Meetings are on Mondays in the Friendship Centre (basement meeting hall)

Sept 9

Myself when Young and Singing Friends both Professional and Amateur                                   

Alan Bilgora

Sept 23

Emptying the Pacific with a Teaspoon: the Making of a Puccini Discography

       Roger Flury

Oct 7   

The Other Side

Peter van der Waal

Oct 21   

A Teenage Opera Fan in 1960s Stockholm

Nils-Göran Olve

Nov 4   

Scouting for New Artists and the Role of the Impresario   

Gian Ganzarolli

Nov 18   

Singers in the British Tradition in Rare Opera

Andrew Marsden

Dec 2

The View from the Piano

Iain Burnside

Dec 16

Reflections on 25 Years as an Opera Critic

Rupert Christiansen

Jan 6

A Light-hearted Look at Well-known Pairings

John T. Hughes

Jan 20

The Operas of Smetana and Dvoƙák         

Christopher Webber

Feb 3

Further Adventures at a Higher speed - Collecting Shellac Records

Julian Powis

Feb 17

Tracing the Earliest Italians

Will Crutchfield

Mar 2

More New Discoveries

Richard Copeman

Mar 16

Nordic Dramatic Sopranos - from Gulbranson to Stemme - not just Valkyries, nor just Wagner

Stefan Johansson

Apr 6

The Golden Age of Opera in Buenos Aires

Patrick Bade

Apr 20

The Thrill of the Trill

Tully Potter

May 11

AGM followed by Members' Evening

May 18

Unknown, Forgotten or Simply Ignored

Philip Bretherton

June 1

My 33 Years at the Salzburg Festival

John Hunt

June 15

Treasures from the British Library Sound Archive

Jonathan Summers

July 6

More Gems for my Desert Island

Graeme Wright

July 20


Shiela Armstrong