Pre-performance talks

Our talks are the perfect introduction to our productions, accessible for both opera newcomers and seasoned opera-goers.

11 Mar - 03 Apr 2020

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.

2019/20 pre-performance talks

Additional presentation documents are available to download for the Orpheus in the Underworld and Orpheus and Eurydice talks.

Upcoming talks:

Our Spring Season talks will all be hosted by Sarah Lenton.

Sarah Lenton is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster on 18th- and 19th-century theatre. She writes articles and gives Insight Day and pre-performance talks for the Royal Opera House, ENO and Garsington Opera, and is a frequent contributor for BBC Radio 3 opera broadcasts and podcasts.

Luisa Miller: Fri 21 February, 17:30

  • Assistant Conductor, Stephanie Childress
  • Staff Director, Simone Jonetsu Ibbett-Brown
  • Writer and Academic, Professor Jonathan White, University of Essex

Madam Butterfly: Wed 11 March, 17:30

  • Staff Director, Ruth Knight
  • Writer and Journalist, Lesley Downer
  • Blind Summit Puppeteer, Mark Downes

The Marriage of Figaro: Thu 19 March, 17:00

  • Assistant Conductor, James Henshaw
  • Staff Director, Crispin Lord

Rusalka: Fri 3 April, 17:00

3 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.