Pre-show talks

As part of our 2018 Season, we are hosting a number of pre-show talks on the musical, personal and historical context of the operas in our season, moderated by our Research and Repertoire Consultant, Anna Picard. Anna has written widely on opera for newspapers and magazines including The Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Opera magazine and Opernwelt, and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio Three.

Please do book early, as spaces are limited.

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La traviata
Thursday 7 June, 5.30pm

Virginia Rounding, author of Grandes Horizontales: The Lives and Legends of Four Nineteenth Century Courtesans discusses the carrier of Marie Duplessis who inspired La dame aux camélias and La traviata.

Ariadne auf Naxos
Thursday 19 July, 5.30pm

Tim Ashley, biographer of Richard Strauss and opera critic for The Guardian looks at the wit and poignancy of a Viennese backstage comedy.


Così fan tutte
Wednesday 20 June, 5.30pm

Professor Jeremy Black, author of Italy and the Grand Tour, explores the delights and customs of eighteenth century Naples.


Wednesday 18 July, 5.30pm

Roger Flury, author of Pietro Mascagni: A Bio-Bibliography examines the history of Mascagni’s forgotten opera.



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