I give illustrated talks on various aspects of opera, including individual works, opera houses, productions styles and opera-going worldwide.

Recent talks have included:


  • George Bernard Shaw: Music and Opera Critic
  • Jewish Music and the Third Reich
  • Haydn in London
  • The Magic Flute and Scenography
  • Opera: The Tingle Factor
  • Puccini’s Turandot: Looking Forward or Looking Back?
  • George Bernard Shaw at the Opera
  • Joseph Wechsberg and the Vienna Claque
  • Opera-going in Europe: some personal experiences
  • The evolution of opera production styles: from naturalism to post-modernism
  • Wagner Stagings: Then and Now
  • Mozart’s Figaro
  • Operamania: coping with the disease
  • Opera Houses and their Audiences