Music appreciation – Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte with Roy Stratford


Ref: SWE12015

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About this course

Spend a weekend immersed in three of the greatest operas: The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutti and Don Giovanni, as you explore the differences in Mozart's style in each work and how they work in musical terms.

Course Description

To spend a weekend immersed in the three greatest operas of surely the greatest composer of opera is a joyful prospect for any music lover. The Marriage of Figaro, supremely comic but also a study in human frailty and fallibility; Cosi Fan Tutti, both comic and ironic, a theatre of deceit and ultimate revelation and Don Giovanni, the darkest and most disturbing of the three which never the less always maintains its comedic equilibrium are full of the most extraordinarily sublime music.

How does Mozart achieve these miracles, what are the differences in his style in each work and most importantly how do they work in musical terms? These questions and many more will be explored fully in this weekend.

The tutor will give a recital on Saturday evening to course participants. Additional tickets may be available to purchase, please check College website for availability in August.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Notepad and pencil, if you wish.


Roy Stratford

Roy Stratford was very lucky to have had a music teacher at school who had been a student of the great Austrian modernist composer Anton Webern and who inspired in him a great love of music and a particular interest in the Austro-Germanic tradition from Bach to Stockhausen. He went on to study music at Reading University and then the Royal College of Music ( conducting with Norman del Mar) and has since developed a very varied musical career as pianist, conductor, composer and lecturer.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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