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Pre-performance talks

Pre-performance talks 2016/17

The perfect introduction to the 2016/17 season productions for both opera newcomers and seasoned opera-goers.

15 Feb - 20 Apr 2017

ENO’s pre-performance talks are the perfect introduction to the season’s productions for both opera newcomers and seasoned opera-goers.

Hosted by BBC journalist and broadcaster Christopher Cook, guests include opera experts and enthusiasts plus members of the creative and production teams to give exciting insights from behind the scenes.

We also include a performance by ENO singers and members of the ENO music staff.

Join Christopher and guests in the Balcony Bar of the London Coliseum for 45 minutes of lively conversations, insights and music.

2016/17 pre-performance talks

Don Giovanni: 4 October, 17.00

With Aoife Monks, Reader of Drama, Queen Mary University and  Sarah Tipple, Staff Director
You can now listen to a recording of this talk.

Tosca: 12 October, 17.15

With Flora Willson, Musicologist and Puccini specialist and Geoff Summerton, Technical Director

The Pearl Fishers: 8 November, 17.15

With Penny Woolcock, Director and Cassidy Johnson, senior lecturer UCL

Lulu: 17 November, 17.00

With Gavin Plumley, Music writer and broadcaster on 20th century opera and John Rawnsley, who played Rigoletto in Jonathan Miller’s original production

Rigoletto: 15 February, 17.15

With Roger Parker, Musicologist and expert on nineteenth-century opera

The Pirates of Penzance: 18 Feb, 13.15

With Sarah Lenton, opera and theatre historian

The Winter’s Tale: 8 March, 17.15

Ryan Wigglesworth, composer/conductor, and Rory Kinnear, director

Partenope: 20 March, 17.00

With Berta Joncus, Handel specialist Goldsmith’s University and  Christian Curnyn, Conductor

Carousel: 20 April, 17.15

Speakers to be confirmed.

You can also find information about our current 2015/16 season talks here >

5 Evening Performances Remaining

Tickets cost £5. Concessionary tickets cost £2.50 and are available to students, Income Support recipients, Access all Arias members and Westminster City Save/ResCard holders, and can be booked by calling our box office on 020 7845 9300.