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.
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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.
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.
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.