The Big Question: Are opera and ballet elitist?
First in a new series of live-streamed events to feature debate, performance, and audience questions.
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The question of whether opera and ballet are elitist are examined in the first of a series of events called The Big Question at 20.00 BST (8pm in the UK) on Monday 11 March.
The first Big Question will take place at the Royal Opera House in partnership with the Telegraph and feature a panel debate, audience questions and live performances. Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett will be working with dancers from The Royal Ballet, and music will also be performed by our Youth Opera Company.
Chaired by Telegraph Arts Editor Sarah Crompton, the panel for 11 March will include composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, Written on Skin director Katie Mitchell, The Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis and novelist Dreda Say Mitchell.
Tickets for the event are £10, and up to four tickets can be booked per person. To help make the debate as wide as possible, we would actively encourage people with no experience of opera and ballet – or those who actively dislike the art forms – to come along.
Do you think opera and ballet are elitist? Let us know what you think.