DARE is committed to thinking innovatively about how, by working together, we can increase public access to learning and creativity. This approach became particularly important during the Covid19 lockdown in 2020, and exciting ideas emerged at a time when face to face activity was on hold.

The launch of Thinking with Opera, a series of podcast conversations between academics and opera practitioners, was launched in July 2020, receiving immediate endorsement in The Guardian.

The first episode, Performing Violence, finds leading art historian and 2020 Holberg Prize Laureate Professor Griselda Pollock in conversation with Opera North’s Dominic Gray about representations of violence in painting, sculpture, film and literature; how it is performed in opera, and its implications. Their discussion ranges from Ancient Greece to The Godfather, and focuses on the operas of Puccini and Verdi. It takes in the personal – Professor Pollock’s first experience of opera, seeing Maria Callas and Tito Gobbi at the Royal Opera House – and the political, touching on the performance of problematic works from the canon, and opera in the era of Black Lives Matter. Excerpts from Opera North’s 2018 staging of Madama Butterfly are featured, and accompanying notes link to images, clips and texts discussed.



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