In advance of the 2024 Opera Holland Park Season, we delve into various themes and ideas behind the text and music in the company of our leading creatives and invited experts. From comedy to tragedy and the pastoral charms of Handel’s little opera, Acis and Galatea, the series is designed to whet your appetite for the performances to come and enhance your enjoyment in the summer.

For this panel talk, conductors Francesco Cilluffo and Matthew Kofi Waldren, director Martin Lloyd-Evans, and Doctor Alexandra Wilson, author of The Puccini Problem and Opera in the Jazz Age, join Anna Picard to discuss the meaning of ‘verismo’, with music from Morgan Pearse, Alison Langer, and Stuart Wild.

This event takes place at The London Library, one of the world’s leading literary institutions.