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Deloitte Ignite

Friday 6 September – Sunday 29 September 2013

This year’s Deloitte Ignite will be curated by actor, writer, presenter and opera fan Stephen Fry. Entitled Verdi/Wagner, the festival will celebrate the joint bicentenary of musical greats Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, exploring the composers and their music in innovative and creative ways.

Unlike in previous years, this Deloitte Ignite will be spread across four weekends rather than just one, and include live radio broadcasts, workshops and pop-up performances inspired by Verdi and Wagner. Sign up to be first to know when more information is released.

Weekend Events


22 | 23 September

Verdi/Wagner Daytime and Evening Events | Ticketed events
Julian Joseph – Windows into Tristan and Isolde and Verdi/Wagner Lunchtime concert.

29 September

29 September

Deloitte Ignite: The Science of Opera with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies | Tickets £7-£25
For the first time, a team of neurologists have tried to discover what happens to us physically when we are watching and listening to opera.


Inside Wagner's Head

Inside Wagner’s Head

Linbury Studio Theatre |
6-28 September | Tickets £7-£25

Simon Callow turns his attention to the life and legacy of one of opera’s most influential figures in a one-man show for Deloitte Ignite.

The Ring Cyclotrope

The Ring Cyclotrope

Royal Opera House |
October | FREE No Tickets Required

During October the Royal Opera House is the home for an innovative kinetic installation created by renowned theatre designer Es Devlin.

Past Events


7 | 8 | 9 September

Verdi/Wagner Deloitte Ignite Daytime Events | FREE ticketed events
Gandini Juggling, Anvil Chorus, Va Pensiero project and Verdi/Wagner Lunchtime concert.


14 | 15 September

Verdi/Wagner Deloitte Ignite Daytime Events | Ticketed events
BBC Radio 3 Music Matters, Intelligence² Debate Verdi vs Wagner with Stephen Fry.