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New Season of pre-performance talks announced for 2014/15 Season

Join us in the Clore Studio Upstairs for an exciting introduction to our Royal Opera and Royal Ballet productions.

By Lizzi Easterbrook (Former Content Producer (Learning and Participation))

17 November 2014 at 3.37pm | 1 Comment

We are delighted to introduce a new series of pre-performance talks allowing you to gain a deeper insight into the production you’re about to see. Whether it’s your first time at the Royal Opera House or you are well-versed in opera or ballet, these talks will offer you a chance to immerse yourself in the performance and better appreciate the context and vision behind the piece.

To book tickets for a pre-performance talk, select the date you are interested in below. These are separately ticketed events (entry to the talk does not give you entry to the main production). You do not need to have a ticket for the production that evening in order to attend the pre-performance talk.

Insights: Pre-performance talk on Swan Lake

Thursday 19 February 2015, 6.30-7pm
Thursday 19 March 2015, 6.30-7pm
Thursday 9 April 2015, 6.30-7pm

These talks will be led by Pauline Green, associate lecturer at Birkbeck (University of London). Her research focus is on hearing and listening, and composition.

Insights: Pre-performance talk on Madama Butterfly

Friday 20 March 2015, 6.30-7pm
Saturday 28 March 2015, 6.30-7pm 

These talks will be led by Nigel Simeone, a writer and musiciologist specializing in twentieth-century music. He is currently completing a new book on Charles Mackerras (with John Tyrrell).

Insights: Pre-performance talk on La Fille mal gardée

Thursday 23 April 2015, 6.30-7pm
Wednesday 29 April 2015, 6.30-7pm
Tuesday 5 May 2015, 6.30-7pm

These talks will be led by Dr Giannandrea Poesio. He is an internationally published dance scholar, and has also worked as dance critic for The Spectator for twenty years. He is currently Director of the Research Institute for Media, Arts and Performance at the University of Bedfordshire.

Insights: Pre-performance talk on Król Roger

Friday 1 May 2015, 6.30-7pm
Saturday 9 May 2015, 6.00-6.30pm
Tuesday 12 May 2015, 6.30-7:30pm
Saturday 16 May, 6.00-6.30pm
Tuesday 19 May 2015, 6.30-7.30pm

These talks will be led by Adrian Thomas, Emeritus Professor in the School of Music at Cardiff University. He spent three years on secondment to the BBC as Head of Music at Radio 3 and has been the Chair of Music at Gresham College, London, where he was subsequently elected a Fellow.

Adrian is a specialist on Polish music and is the founder-director of the School of Music's Central European Music Research Centre and has received awards from the Polish Composers' Union, the Polish Government (Order of Merit for Polish Culture) and the Lutoslawski Society.

Insights: Pre-performance talk on Don Giovanni

Tickets available when booking opens for Don Giovanni.

Tuesday 16 June 2015, 6pm
Thursday 18 June 2015, 6pm
Wednesday 1 July 2015, 6pm

Speaker to be confirmed.

Insights: Pre-performance talks on La bohème

Tickets available when booking opens for La bohème.

Saturday 11 July 2015, 6.30pm
Monday 13 July 2015, 6.30pm
Thursday 16 July 2015, 6.30pm

Speaker to be confirmed.

Insights: Pre-performance talks on Welsh National Opera’s Peter Pan

FREE tickets available when booking opens for Peter Pan.

Friday 24 July 2015, 6.30pm
Friday 25 July 2015, 6.30pm

Speaker to be confirmed.

By Lizzi Easterbrook (Former Content Producer (Learning and Participation))

17 November 2014 at 3.37pm

This article has been categorised Learning and tagged Andrea Chénier, insights, Król Roger, La Fille mal gardee, Madama Butterfly, Onegin, pre-performance talks, Swan Lake, Un ballo in maschera

This article has 1 comment

  1. Elaine Papa responded on 3 February 2016 at 4:55pm Reply

    I am looking at 2016 and wonder how much to attend the pre performance talks. We are going to the cinema to see the productions....wonderful.

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