The panel discussion was inspired by the UK premiere of Pietro Mascagni’s opera Isabeau, a new production by Opera Holland Park which will be performed this summer.
The panel included experts in their respective fields: BBC Radio 3 presenter of Composer of the Week, David Macleod; writer and activist, Julie Bindel; V&A curator, Kate Bailey and Pevsner Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck University of London Lynda Nead. The discussion was moderated by Anna Picard, Research and Repertoire consultant at Opera Holland Park.
Talking about the importance of opera in Germany, Chargé d‘Affaires a. i. Tania Freiin von Uslar-Gleichen said, “(…) for Germany, opera holds a very special place in the national heritage. Many German names come to mind – Gluck, Händel, Wagner, Weber, Strauss – when thinking of acclaimed opera composers. Germany’s contribution to the opera scene was superbly documented in the recent exhibition Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A.”
The panel talk was followed by a reception.