VIVA VERDI ! - The Man. The Music

Margaret Gilman

East Midlands
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: £80. Plus travel costs, dependent on time and distance involved.
9th January 2019
Opera | Politics | Italy | Biographical

This Talk is my personal favourite and is by far the most popular of my Talks.

I have been following for decades, the life and music of opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, the most rebellious and patriotic of men. I have been to all his properties nd haunts across Italy and seen most of his operas, as well as The Requiem. A real treat was seeing Aida at La Scala.

The presentation contains slides of some of the numerous photos I have taken, some of which were taken on the private tours I was offered. (Eg. round his farmhouse in Sant’ Agata and his Casa di Riposo in Milan, the musicians’ rest home, paid for and endowed entirely by him.) I have carefully chosen a few of his operas, heavily edited the music and then set it to pictures from that opera which appear on the beat of the music. I add snippets about some of his librettists and other interesting details, such as the numerous (amusing?) battles he had with the censors.

This is a lively and informative Talk which I love giving. I do not use any notes!

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About Margaret Gilman

I was born in Cheshire and educated at St. Helen’s grammar school where I studied A levels in 3 foreign languages before deciding that I didn’t enjoy the literature side of this. So, I switched to Maths, Further Maths and Physics A levels instead and did these in a year at St. Helen’s Technical College on a course especially designed for me!! This enabled me to go to Manchester University when I was 17, where I achieved a B.Sc. Hons. (1st class) by the time I was 20.

I now live in beautiful Rutland with my husband. My married daughter lives locally, so I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren. My married son lives in Kent but I still manage to see him and his family whenever possible.

I take a local Italian class (unpaid) and still learn Italian, as well as German, Hungarian and have started Russian. I do these four languages every day using Duolingo. My other interests are twice-weekly tai’ chi classes, playing my vibraphone, piano accordion and autoharp, as well as singing and going to Verdi operas whenever I can.

There is never enough time in the day.........

All my Presentations are done using PowerPoint, each with varying amounts of music and using mainly my own photographs. The talks last between 50 and 60 minutes, dependent on your requirements. I have three from which you can choose. The Verdi one is my personal favourite and seems to appeal to all, whether they have any interest in classical music or not.

I bring my own high-powered laptop but need the venue to supply an UP-TO-DATE digital projector, compatible with modern, high-powered laptops and a sound system, otherwise the pictures are not visible! Someone will need to link the equipment to my laptop.

Fees vary according to distance travelled. I live in LE15 in the East Midlands. Close to Oakham, I charge £80. Further away, I add on travel expenses. I prefer daytime talks.

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