Visiting Chair in Opera Studies

New College is host not only to the annual Humanitas Visiting Chair of Opera Studies, funded by the Clore-Duffield Foundation, but also to the University's statutory Visiting Chair in Opera Studies. 


The 2017-2018 holder of the University’s Visiting Chair in Opera Studies is Stephen Langridge.

Stephen is Artistic Director (Opera/Drama) of GöteborgsOperan, the Gothenburg Opera. As a director he has worked at Glyndebourne, Covent Garden, Rome, Chicago, Paris, and Salzburg. His opera productions include works by Monteverdi, Rameau and Handel through Mozart, Verdi and Wagner to many new commissions.

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Thursday 26th October 2017 'Why play opera at all?'


The 2016-2017 holder of the University’s Visiting Chair in Opera Studies is Katie Mitchell.

Katie has been an Associate Director at the RSC, National Theatre and The Royal Court Theatre. She was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to Drama.
Photograph © Lucy Rybin

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Friday 27th January 2017 'Woman. Alone: Directing Opera'.

Friday 21st April 2017 'Making a Contemporary Opera'

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