Insight Talks

Ahead of your visit in the summer, discover more about this season's operas with our series of Insight Talks combining historical context from leading scholars and musical excerpts performed by singers on the Alvarez Young Artists' Programme. Insight Talks are £15 and start at 7pm, except 29 April which starts at 7.30pm, with guests invited to join us for a glass of wine from 6.30pm. The illustrated talks last approximately one hour. 

Un giorno di regno Tuesday 31 March
Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD
Speaker: Michael White

Mitridate, re di Ponto Tuesday 21 April
Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD
Speaker: Sarah Lenton

Why Beethoven Matters Wednesday 29 April
The Warehouse, 13 Theed Street, London SE1 8ST
250 years since his birth, 2020 is resounding with Beethoven. But what precisely has made his music endure all these years? What did it say to its very first audiences, and what does it say to audiences today? 

Writer Jessica Duchen - currently at work on her own novel about Beethoven - is joined by tenor Toby Spence who returns to the lead role of Florestan in Fidelio at Garsington Opera, as well as pianist and academic David Owen Norris, and composer Freya Waley-Cohen to reflect on Beethoven's enduring spell over musicians and audiences to this day. Amid lively discussion, Toby and David will also perform a little of Beethoven's music. 

Rusalka Tuesday 5 May
Killik & Co., 46 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3HN
Speaker: Sarah Lenton