New College is host not only to the University's statutory Visiting Chair in Opera Studies, but also to the annual Humanitas Visiting Professor of Voice & Classical Music. 



The 2019-20 holder of the Humanitas Visiting Professor of Voice & Classical Music is James Conlon. 

James Conlon is a renowned Conductor of opera and symphonic and choral works. He is Music Director of the Los Angeles Opera and Principal Conductor of the RAI National Symphony Orchestra in Torino, Italy. He has been Principal Conductor of the Paris Opera (1995-2004); General Music Director of the City of Cologne Germany (1989-2003), simultaneously leading the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Cologne Opera; and Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (1983-1991).

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James Conlon - credit Todd Rosenberg for Ravinia Festival

Photo © Todd Rosenberg for Ravinia Festival

Events in Oxford

Event 1: Recovering a lost Heritage

March 2, 5.00pm, T.S. Eliot Lecture Theatre, Merton College. This will consider music suppressed by the Third Reich, of which more details can be found here:

The talk will be followed by a reception at The Vaults & Garden located in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.

Event 2: Masterclass - Aria

March 3, 2.00-4.00pm, Holywell Music Room

Event 3: Masterclass - Recitative

March 4, 2.00-4.00pm, New College Chapel, followed by tea at New College

Event 4: Mozart: Clemenza di Tito and the Final Months

March 4, 5.00pm, Holywell Music Room, followed by a reception at New College

All events are free and open to public.