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.

09 Mar - 04 May 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

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

Hosted by theatre scholar Dr Aoife Monks from Queen Mary University London, in conversation with director Max Webster, cultural historian Dr Judith Beniston from University College London and baritone Charles Johnston.

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.

Hosted by journalist Christopher Cook, in conversation with composer Iain Bell, librettist Emma Jenkins and Jack the Ripper expert Philip Hutchinson.

Man of La Mancha, Sat 4 May, 12.30
Inspired by Miguel de Cervante’s ‘Don Quixote’, this classic tale of knighthood abounds with love, loyalty and adventure.

Hosted by music theatre historian Professor Millie Taylor from the University of Winchester, in conversation with Cervantes scholar Professor Jonathan Thacker.

2 Evening Performances Remaining
1 Matinee Performance 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.

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or

We operate security checks at the theatre and for ENO opera productions only allow soft drinks and confectionery into the theatre. Please refer to our food and drink policy for more information.