Pre-performance talks 2018/19

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

06 Oct - 03 Apr 2019

Learn more about the new productions in ENO’s season by joining one or all of our series of lively pre-performance conversations. Members of the creative team, cast, ENO staff and guest speakers share behind-the-scenes insights and provide context around our productions. Talks last for approximately 45 minutes.

2018/19 pre-performance talks

Salome: Sat 6 October, 17.30
Based on Oscar Wilde’s lurid play, Strauss’s opera is an intense psychological exploration of the Salome story.

Hosted by opera expert Dr Flora Willson, with speakers including BBC New Generation Thinker Dafydd Daniel and ENO Music Staff member Richard Pierson

Porgy and Bess: Sat 13 October, 16.30 SOLD OUT
Gershwin considered this opera to be his magnum opus. Porgy and Bess explores the relationships between members of a close-knit community in 1920s South Carolina.

Speakers include conductor John Wilson

War Requiem: Thu 22 November, 17.45
Britten provocatively juxtaposes the anti-war poetry of Wilfred Owen and the timeless ritual of the Latin Requiem Mass.

Hosted by journalist Alexandra Coughlan , with speakers including ENO Music Director Martyn Brabbins and Dr Milena Michalski, artist and scholar from the War Studies department of KCL

The Merry Widow: Sat 9 March, 17.30
With a truly glamourous setting, Lehar’s operetta centres on the relationship between the wealthy young widow Hanna and Danilo, the debonair Secretary of the Pontevedrin Embassy.

Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel: Wed 3 April, 17.45
Iain Bell’s new opera explores powerful themes of community and women struggling against the odds, posing questions about the hypocritical attitudes of ‘respectable’ society.

Listen to talks from our 17/18 season.

5 Evening Performances Remaining
Running Time
0hrs 45mins

Tickets £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.

*Booking fee is £2.25 per ticket.

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