last updated on 24/05/21
1. Carmen in Seville (5th October)
2. Tosca in Rome (12th October)
3. Madama Butterfly in Nagasaki (19th October)
4. Die Meistersinger in Nuremburg (26th October)
5. La Bohème in Paris (2nd November)
1. The Raj – from Trade to Empire (31st August)
2. Pride, Prejudice and Frivolity – social life during the Raj (7th September)
3. Capitals of the Plains: Kolkata (Calcutta) and New Delhi (14th September)
4. India – Freedom, Partition and Modernity (21st September)
5. Shimla (Simla) – 'Summer Capital' and the Grandest Outpost of Empire (28th September)
1. Constantine in Trier (22nd July)
2. Justinian in Constantinople (29th July)
3. Eadwine in Yeavering (5th August)
4. Charlemagne in Aachen (12th August)
5. ‘Abd al-Rahman in Madīnat al-Zahrā (19th August)
6. Roger II in Palermo (26th August)
1. The Magnificat, a Marian celebration (20th July)
2. The St John Passion – challenging Leipzig tradition (27th July)
3. The St Matthew Passion – monumentality and spiritual profundity (3rd August)
4. The Christmas Oratorio – blurring secular and sacred (10th August)
5. The B minor Mass – Bach’s choral testament (17th August)
1. The Red Revolution: how Victorian London changed colour (5th July)
2. Building the National Gallery: constraints, complaints and consolations (2nd August)
3. Terraces, Squares & Fake Palaces: London’s contribution to urban design (6th September)
1. Nature plus Nurture: an operatic childhood (16th June)
2. Towards Idomeneo: the apotheosis of ‘opera seria’ (23rd June)
3. A Marriage Made in Heaven: text and subtext in The Marriage of Figaro (30th June)
(Please note that there is no talk on 7th July.)
4. Schools for Lovers: The Da Ponte Legacy (14th July)
5. Clemency and the Pursuit of ‘True Opera’ (21st July)
1. Jan Van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini double portrait’: marriage and the celebration of prosperity (8th June)
2. Donato Bramante’s ‘Tempietto’: Roman renewal and the memorialisation of St. Peter (15th June)
3. Giorgione’s ‘Three Philosophers’: the mysteries of nature explored (22nd June)
4. Albrecht Dürer’s ‘Melencolia I’: allegory of the artist as genius (29th June)
5. Donatello’s bronze ‘David’: Biblical hero as pagan idol (6th July)
6. Hans Holbein’s ‘Two Ambassadors’: confidential mission to the court of Henry VIII (13th July)
New subscribers have until 28th July to watch all episodes.
1. Dayakhatyn Caravanserai (Turkmenistan): What was the Silk Road? (17th May)
2. Termez (Uzbekistan): Buddhism, Islam and Religious Exchange (19th May)
3. Turfan (China): The Uyghurs before Xinjiang (24th May)
4. Bukhara (Uzbekistan): Cash and Vikings on the Silk Road (26th May)
5. Khotan (China): The backstory to Mongol Success (31st May)
6. Khiva (Uzbekistan): The Slave Trade and first European glimpses of the Silk Road (2nd June)
New subscribers have until 27th July to watch all episodes.
1. Introduction: the musical and intellectual world of Wagner’s Ring (4th May)
2. Das Rheingold: The theft of the gold (11th May)
3. Die Walküre: The guilty god and his favourite daughter (18th May)
4. Siegfried: Dragon-slayer and child of nature (25th May)
5. Götterdämmerung: The fall of the gods (1st June)
New subscribers have until 12th August to watch all episodes
1. ‘This Mental Picture’: expression in art by Desmond Shawe-Taylor (29th April)
2. Washington Crossing the Delaware: Whose painting? Whose history? by Mary Lynn Riley (6th May)
3. The Wallace Collection: past, present and a fragile future by Dr Xavier Bray (13th May)
4. John Singer Sargent: ‘the portrait of the year’ by Patrick Bade (20th May)
5. La Linea Italiana: Italian design excellence, 1945–65 by Dr Philippa Joseph (27th May)
6. Michelangelo v Leonardo: Florence circa 1504 by Per Rumberg (3rd June)
7. The Colour of Cities: a hidden history of taste by Patrick Baty (10th June)
8. Picasso’s Guernica: Anti-War Icon of the 20th Century by Gijs van Hensbergen (17th June)
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