Sir Graham Vick CBE in conversation with Christopher Cook

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  • Sir Graham Vick in conversation with Christopher Cook
    24 February 2021
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Sir Graham Vick CBE in conversation with,

Christopher Cook

ZOOM WEBINAR: 6.30pm, 24th February 2021

Credit: Hugo Glendinning

Sir Graham Vick CBE

Vick is the Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company, and works in the world’s major opera houses with the world’s leading conductors, including Muti, Levine, Haitink, Gergiev, Runnicles, Ozawa and Mehta.

Director of Productions at Scottish Opera 1984-1987 and Glyndebourne 1994-2000, his many awards include Italy’s “Premio Abbiati” seven times, Spain’s “Premio Campoamor” and Britain’s “South Bank Show Award for Opera” in both 1999 and 2002. He is a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Honorary Professor of Music at the University of Birmingham, and was Visiting Professor of Opera Studies at Oxford University in 2002/3 and 2014/15. He was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2009 and Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2016, and was knighted in the 2021 New Year Honours.

Graham Vick has directed Wagner at the Royal Opera House, Chausson in Paris, Verdi at La Scala and Vienna, Mozart at the Salzburg Festival, Monteverdi in Bologna, Schoenberg and Shostakovich at the Metropolitan Opera, Mussorgsky and Prokofiev at the Mariinsky, the Zarzuela Currovargas in Madrid and Rossini at Pesaro. His collaborations with living composers include Luciano Berio’s Un re In ascolto in London, Paris and Chicago and Outis at La Scala, Stephen Oliver’s Timon Of Athens at English National Opera, Ravi Shankar’s Ghanashyam, Jonathan Dove’s Life is a Dream and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Wednesday from Light with Birmingham Opera Company, and most recently Georg Friedrich Haas’s Morgen und Abend for the Royal Opera House. Recent and future projects include Haas’s Morgen und Abend,  Britten’s Death in Venice and The Queen of Spades in Berlin, Cavalli’s Hipermestra for Glyndebourne, Die Tote Stadt at La Scala, Semiramide in Pesaro, Don Giovanni and The Rake’s Progress in Rome, Parsifal in Palermo and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk and a new commission by Giorgio Battistelli for Birmingham Opera Company.

Graham Vick’s pioneering work in Birmingham has attracted the attention of people and companies worldwide. Although a small operation, Birmingham Opera Company is now seen to be at the forefront of the modernisation of opera and a pioneer in its development as a 21st century art form.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook began his career in television, producing for BBC 2 and Channel 4. He broadcasts regularly on BBC Radios 3, 4, and 5. He is a regular contributor to BBC Music Magazine and has written for Gramophone and International Record Review.  He teaches for the University of Syracuse on their London Programme and for the British American Drama Academy, and was a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, London. He has chaired pre-concert events for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hallé Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Study Days at Glyndebourne and at the Royal Opera House, where he also interviews for their ‘In Conversation with …‘ programmes. He has chaired English National Opera’s pre-opera series for eight years. Christopher was the Director of the Cheltenham Festival of Literature in 2004 and Chair of the Cheltenham International Music Festival until 2013.


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