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Join Stephen Fry for Deloitte Ignite on 15 and 16 Sept

Verdi and Wagner explored with live radio broadcast, on-stage discussion and live streamed debate.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

13 September 2013 at 11.50am | 1 Comment

Join us to delve into the lives and music of two titans of opera, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, at Deloitte Ignite this weekend (15 and 16 September). There are many ways to join us; whether you come to the ROH in person or watch from another country.

The weekend kicks off with a live broadcast of BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters, in which presenter Tom Service will chair a discussion about each composer’s impact on art in the 19th century. Panellists include festival curator Stephen Fry, renowned bass Robert Lloyd, Director of Opera Kasper Holten and director Graham Vick. The discussion, broadcast from the ROH’s Clore Studio at 12.15pm on Saturday, is now sold out but you can listen live via BBC Radio 3.

Stephen Fry will also lead a special In Conversation event on Saturday afternoon at 5pm. Stephen and Associate Director of Opera John Fulljames will explore their own personal responses to Verdi and Wagner in a discussion that promises to offer lively and original reflections. Tickets are still availableFind out more about the event.

On Sunday at 6pm Stephen will also chair the Intelligence²  200th Birthday Debate: Verdi vs Wagner,  which pits the deeply humane, Italian allure of Verdi against the Teutonic cerebral genius of Wagner. The debate, in which Norman Lebrecht and Philip Hensher each champion one of the composers, will feature musical extracts performed by Southbank Sinfonia with conductor Paul Wynne-Griffiths and some very special guests. Tickets are sold out, but you can join us online on the ROH website to watch the event live. Find out more about Verdi vs Wagner.

Deloitte Ignite 2013, which is curated by Stephen Fry and celebrates the bicentenary of Verdi and Wagner, runs throughout September and includes a range of free events. Forthcoming events include  The Festival of Voices, which features free choral workshops and performances, and a ticketed performance by Jazz legend Julian JosephFind out more about The Festival of Voices and how you can get involved. Although the event is free booking is recommended.

Previous events include a day of free pop-up performances inspired by Verdi and Wagner that took place in the Paul Hamlyn Hall last week. Find out more about the performances.

This article has 1 comment

  1. Richard Cherney Miller responded on 13 September 2013 at 9:51pm Reply

    How can you have a Verdi vs Richard Wagner debate? That's insane!

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