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Explore Royal Opera House productions with pre-performance talks

You don't need a performance ticket to attend a pre-show talk, meaning that exploring productions is even easier than before.

By Hayley Bartley (Former Content Producer (Learning))

27 January 2016 at 12.53pm | 2 Comments

Never seen an opera or a ballet before, or just want to learn more? Our pre-performance talks offer a chance to explore Royal Ballet and Royal Opera productions before the curtain rises.

Led by music and dance professionals, pre-performance talks provide insightful context to help you get more out of the performance you're about to see. Learn about the choreographer or composer, discover the vision behind a production, and delve deeper into the story with these engaging 30-minute talks.

You don't necessarily need to have a ticket for the stage performance to attend a pre-performance talk as they are separately ticketed events.

Upcoming pre-performance talks in 2016 include:

Tosca pre-performance talk

  • Friday 29 January, 6.30-7pm

This talk is led by former Jette Parker Young Artist conductor, Paul Wingfield.

La traviata pre-performance talk

  • Friday 22 January, 6-6.30pm
  • Monday 7 March, 6-6.30pm
  • Wednesday 9 March, 6-6.30pm

These talks are led by writer, lecturer and broadcaster Sarah Lenton.

L'Etoile pre-performance talk

  • Monday 1 February, 6.30-7pm
  • Monday 15 February, 6.30-7pm
  • Wednesday 24 February, 6.30-7pm

These talks are led by writer, lecturer and broadcaster Sarah Lenton.

Il trittico pre-performance talk

  • Monday 29 February, 5.30-6pm
  • Thursday 3 March, 5.30-6pm

These talks are led by King's College London Research Fellow Flora Willson.

Giselle pre-performance talk

  • Wednesday 23 March, 6.30-7pm
  • Tuesday 29 March, 6.30-7pm

This talk is led by dance scholar and critic Giannandrea Poesio.

These events are part of our Insight series.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Jeremy Fielding responded on 3 February 2016 at 9:17pm Reply

    For those of us outside London who can only attend weekend performances, could these talks be recorded and released as a podcast? The National Theatre and Met podcasts of their talks are really interesting and useful.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 4 February 2016 at 10:13am

      Hi Jeremy,

      Some of our Insights are filmed and uploaded to YouTube ( or streamed.

      I'd recommend subscribing to our channel to ensure you don't miss future uploads and streams.



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