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 our Young Artists’ Programme. Due to Government restrictions, we will be presenting these talks via Zoom and the links will be sent to ticket bookers prior to each event.

Der Rosenkavalier - Insight Talk Monday 12 April
Speaker – Michael White

Viennese nostalgia? Elevated social commentary? A love story without what its librettist called ‘erotic screaming’? The distinguished music critic Michael White explores Der Rosenkavalier and thinks it’s all three - set to an incomparable score.

Amadigi - Insight Talk Tuesday 20 April
Speaker – Sarah Lenton

Theatre lecturer, Sarah Lenton, looks at the strange mix that goes into Amadigi di Gaula – one trapped princess, two knights, a sorceress and a magic fountain. It could so easily turn into a fantasy, but this is Handel, and he offers us a world of real people, deeply felt emotion, and his own generous humanity.

Le Comte Ory - Insight Talk Wednesday 28 April
Speaker – Sarah Lenton

Count Ory, Rossini’s last comedy – and a masterpiece. It’s everything you expect from Rossini, brilliance, fun, and something more. The virtuosity is playful, the farce turns into tenderness, and the show ends in moonlight and enchantment. Sarah Lenton guides us though this wonderful piece.

Eugene Onegin - Insight Talk Tuesday 4 May
Speakers – Julie Curtis & Philip Bullock

Professors Julie Curtis and Philip Ross Bullock explore the relationship between Aleksandr Pushkin's playful novel-in-verse, Evgeny Onegin, and Tchaikovky's ardent operatic adaptation. Together, they think about the connections between art and life, romanticism and realism, literature and music.

All Insight Talks cost £15 and start at 7pm. The illustrated talks last approximately one hour.

This year’s programme of online Insight Talks have been generously supported by: