New Term of Opera Lectures in Chiswick Continues

Ross Alley's next talk is on Agrippina by Handel

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The Autumn term of the opera lectures given by Ross Alley continues after a short break.

The next talk takes place on Thursday 6 October and will be on Agrippina by Handel.

There is a chance to see the work, which brings the machinations of one of opera’s most notorious characters to life in a text penned by a Roman cardinal, the following night at the Hackney Empire where it is being performed by the English Touring Company.

Ross Alley was, for many years, a music lecturer for Birkbeck College (University of London). He has also given numerous guest lectures for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Wigmore Hall, the Wagner Society, the Gustav Mahler Society, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, and The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS).

Ross Alley is a former music lecturer at Birkbeck
Ross Alley is a former music lecturer at Birkbeck

The talks take place on Thursday afternoons from 2.00-4.00pm at the Chiswick Memorial Club, Bourne Place, W4 2EL.

The cost of entry is £10.00 per talk which you can pay at the door.

Programme for Autumn Season
Date Opera Composer
6 October Agrippina (English Touring Opera) Handel
13 October Medea (MET relay) Cherubini
27 October Orfeo ed Eurydice (Chelsea Opera Group) Gluck
3 November Alcina (Royal Opera House) Handel
10 November Armida (anniversary of premiere) Rossini
17 November Tosca – Part 1 (Royal Opera House) Puccini
24 November Tosca – Part 2 (Royal Opera House) Puccini
1 December The Nutcracker ballet (Royal Opera House) Tchaikovsky
8 December In Memoriam: Maria Ewing various
15 December The Magic Flute (Royal Opera House) Mozart



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October 2, 2022

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