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Voicelab Into Opera: Ravi Shankar's Sukanya

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Enjoy singing and want to know more about the Indian classical voice, music and opera?

Inspired by Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya, Southbank Centre’s Voicelab singing initiative is running a practical course to introduce audiences to this unique vocal piece.

Join us for three sessions with Ranjana Ghatak, the British Indian classical singer and composer, to unpick the drama, characters and plot of Shankar’s Sukanya, with an introduction to Indian classical music and the voice.

Take part in discussions and hear presentations from experts and artists involved in the performance, featuring conductor David Murphy and opera singer Alok Kumar who plays the character Chyavana.

Each session includes practical singing, learning music from the opera itself with accompaniment from tabla player Manjeet Rasiya.

Your ticket includes watching Ravi Shankar’s Sukanya in Royal Festival Hall on Friday 19 May at 7.30pm and taking part in a pop-up performance in the foyers on the same evening, showcasing the music you have developed during the course. See Need to Know for session dates and times.

This course is designed for people who are unfamiliar with opera and Indian classical music. All singing abilities are welcome, and no prior experience of singing or sight reading is necessary. Come along with an enthusiasm to learn and explore your voice!

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 18+

Sessions take place on the following days:
Mondays 1 & 8 May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall
Tuesday 16 May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, Level 3 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall
Friday 19 May, 7.30pm: watch Sukanya at Royal Festival Hall, and take part in a pop-up performance during the interval at 8.25pm in Central Bar Foyer.

A ticket to Sukanya the opera is included in the ticket price for the course.

Bring a group: a 20% discount is applied to your basket when you book six or more standard tickets.