Guest panellist for David Pountney in conversation announced

30 January 2014

We are delighted to confirm that author and playwright Bonnie Greer will be joining David Pountney in conversation at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff this Spring. During what is set to be a lively discussion, David Pountney will open the debate on the theme of Fallen Women in opera.  Also joining the panel will be Professor Rachel Cowgill and Clair Rowden of Cardiff University.

Speaking of our Fallen Women season David says "The obsession of 19th century music, literature and the visual arts with she who has strayed from the path – (the literal translation of La traviata) – may have embodied a degree of hypocrisy, but it also inspired some of the most heartfelt musical expression of human sympathy. The hypocrisy lies in permitting the audience the titillation of watching a woman behaving badly for three acts on the condition that she points up the moral by dying miserably in the fourth. The males in the audience in 19th century Paris were not above visiting such women themselves, but they still demanded that their wives and daughters were presented with an elevating moral lesson."

Germaine Greer also shared her view on our Fallen Women theme read the article here.

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