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Insights: Verdi/Wagner Day

Come and celebrate the bicentenary of two operatic greats with in depth talks and analysis in partnership with King's College London.

Introduction

Verdi / Wagner Day is hosted by Director of Opera, Kasper Holten, with keynote speakers including Roger Parker, John Deathridge and Lydia Goehr, and featuring activities and live music in the Paul Hamlyn Hall.

Background

On the day, Lydia Goehr from Columbia University will explore parody in Wagner operas, Roger Parker from King’s will examine how Italy responded to Wagner in the late 19th Century, and Flora Willson from Cambridge University and John Deathridge from King’s will both offer presentations that provoke and entertain.

There will be live music from members of the Orchestra of The Royal Opera House performing Hindemith’s parody arrangement of The Flying Dutchman Overture and a rare chance to hear an extract from Verdi’s String Quartet. You’ll also have a chance to try Verdi percussion and see a Wagner tuba in the Paul Hamlyn Hall. Perhaps most exciting of all, Royal Opera House Restaurants will have a themed menu including Rheingold Salad and Falstaff Focaccia. Prepare to be completely immersed!