Listen to: In Conversation with Tony Hall and Nicholas Serota
Royal Opera House Chief Executive and Tate Director on cuts, tax breaks, audiences and taking risks.
Taking risks in the arts, satisfying passionate audiences and coping with government cuts were just some of the topics covered in recent Insights evening with two leading figures in the arts.
Veteran broadcaster John Tusa led an illuminating discussion with Royal Opera House Chief Executive Tony Hall and Director of Tate Nicholas Serota that offered an insight into the concerns and ambitions of leading figures in the arts.
As well as Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, Tony Hall is also chair of the Cultural Olympiad board, the body overseeing the London 2012 Festival this summer.
Satisfying both audience and artistic ambition was one of the themes. “We have to set the context for the artist to allow honest conversations to take place,” Nicholas explained, “people are much less willing to hear authoritative views from a curator. They want their expertise, dialogue and exchange rather than authoritarian instructions.”
Tony also highlighted the importance of engaging with new audiences, referring to the Royal Opera House High House Production Park in Thurrock: “It is so exciting working with people who would not expect to come across opera and ballet and getting their response to it. It is hugely refreshing and phenomenally important.”
Listen to a clip from the event featuring Tony and Nicholas talking about the impact of new legislation on tax breaks for charitable giving:
A full download of the event is available on iTunesU
In Conversation with… is a series of informal and enlightening interviews designed to offer a window into some of the work behind the Royal Opera House. The next event will feature Les Troyens director David McVicar and take place on the 24th May, followed by an evening with Monica Mason on the 11 June prior to her retirement as Director of The Royal Ballet.