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).

Read James Conlon's full profile

James Conlon - credit Todd Rosenberg for Ravinia Festival

Photo © Todd Rosenberg for Ravinia Festival

The following events were held in March 2020

Event 1: Recovering a lost Heritage

This talk considered music suppressed by the Third Reich, of which more details can be found here:

Video Podcast 'Recovering a lost Heritage'

Event 2: Masterclass - Aria

Event 3: Masterclass - Recitative

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

All events were free and open to public.