Festival 2014 Pre-performance Talks

25 May - 10 August 2014

Pre-performance talks are held in the Ebert Room

All of our pre-performance talks have been designed to enhance your enjoyment of the opera that follows. Each afternoon talk is presented by an operatic expert, lasts 45 minutes and costs £9.

Sunday 25 May at 2.35pm 
Eugene Onegin
Speaker: Marina Frolova-Walker

Marina is Reader in Music History at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Clare College. She received her Ph.D. from Moscow Conservatoire before moving to the UK. She is the author of Russian Music and Nationalism from Glinka to Stalin (Yale, 2007) and co-author (with Jonathan Walker) of Music and Soviet Power, 1917–32 (Boydell, 2012), and has written numerous scholarly articles and popular essays on Russian and Soviet music and culture.

Sunday 1 June at 2.05pm 
Der Rosenkavalier
Speaker: Dr Raymond Holden Hon ARAM

Raymond Holden was born in Australia in 1954, studied at Sydney, Cologne and London and has worked as a conductor, writer, broadcaster and lecturer. He has performed with a number of orchestras; appeared on television and radio, and has spoken at many of the world’s leading universities, conservatoires and research institutes, including those in London, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Oslo, Helsinki, Singapore, Stellenbosch, Sheffield, Augsburg and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Currently, he is The Sir John Barbirolli Lecturer in Music at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and a Reader of the University of London. 

Sunday 6 July at 2.35pm 
La finta giardiniera
Speaker: Julian Rushton, Professor of Music, University of Leeds

Julian is Emeritus West Riding Professor of Music at the University of Leeds; he previously taught at the University of East Anglia and at Cambridge. He has published extensively on Gluck, Mozart, Berlioz, and Elgar, including the Mozart entries for The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, republished as a separate volume in 2007. His short biography 'Mozart, an Extraordinary Life' appeared in 2005 from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and in 2006 he published a new volume on Mozart in the long-standing series The Master Musicians (Oxford University Press). 

Sunday 13 July at 2.40pm 
Don Giovanni
Speaker: Julian Johnson, Professor, University of London 

Julian is Regius Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, having formerly been Fellow and Tutor in Music at St Anne’s College, Oxford University (2001-07) and Lecturer in Music at the University of Sussex (1992-2001). He has published widely on music from the Classical era through to contemporary music, and is a regular guest on BBC Radio 3 and the BBC’s coverage of the Proms.

Sunday 3 August at 2.35pm 
La finta giardiniera
Speaker: Professor Mark Everist

Mark is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton.  His research focuses on the music of western Europe in the period 1150-1330, Opera in France in the nineteenth century, Mozart, reception theory, and historiography. He is the author of Polyphonic Music in Thirteenth-Century France (1989), French Motets in the Thirteenth Century (1994), Music Drama at the Paris Odéon, 1824-1828 (2002), Giacomo Meyerbeer and Music Drama in Nineteenth-Century Paris (2005) as well as editor of three volumes of the Magnus Liber Organi for Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre (2001-2003). His monograph for Oxford University Press entitled Mozart’s Ghosts: Reception and Renown, 1791 to the Present appeared in early Summer 2013.  The recipient of the Solie (2010) and Slim (2011) awards of the American Musicological Society, he has recently been elected a fellow of the Academia Europaea.  He is the President of the Royal Musical Association.

Saturday 9 August at 3.45pm 
Speaker: Dr Valeria DeLucca, Lecturer, University of Southampton

Valeria is a Lecturer in Music at the University of Southampton. She is the author of numerous studies on early modern Italian opera, patronage and visual aspects of the operatic production. She is currently completing a book on the Colonna family and their patronage of music and theatre during the second half of the seventeenth century.

Sunday 10 August at 3.20pm 
La traviata
Speaker: Roger Parker, Professor of Music, King's College, London

Roger is Professor of Music at King's College London, having previously taught at Cornell, Oxford and Cambridge. He is General Editor (with Gabriele Dotto) of the Donizetti critical edition, published by Ricordi. His most recent books are Remaking the Song: Operatic Visions and Revisions from Handel to Berio (University of California Press, 2006); and A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years (Penguin, UK, and Norton, US, 2012), written jointly with Carolyn Abbate. He is now working on a book about music in London in the 1830s.


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