On December 2nd – at the end of a long day and a long yet quick term – more than twenty Ertegun Scholars had a chance to witness transformation. The Royal Opera House production of Manon Lescaut directed by Jonathan Kent is a great example of how traditional opera can be brought to touch upon […]

Ertegun Scholar Mariana Losa E Ferreira De Castro reports on the Colloquium that she convened at the end of October. On the 21st and 22nd of October 2016, the Ertegun Scholarship Graduate Program for the Humanities hosted a conference on the Contacts Between the Hellenistic East and West in the Annex of the Ertegun House. […]

On the evening of Monday 14th November, a group of 27 Ertegun scholars and alumni travelled to London for a performance of the RSC’s King Lear at the Barbican theatre. This was an impressive production that divided opinion, and inspired more than enough discussion to occupy us on the coach journey back to Oxford.    […]

This one-day interdisciplinary conference at Ertegun House centred around the expression and interpretation of lyricism at the juncture between music and word. The day brought together academics and performers from different disciplines with the aim of asking what constitutes the essence of lyric and what can it mean for us today. The day opened with a […]

Though theatre trips to London provide an exciting escape from the Oxford bubble, some of the most rewarding events in the Ertegun calendar occur closer to home. College tours are a firm fixture, and the most anticipated took place two weeks ago: Programme Director Bryan’s tour of his own college, Trinity. We started as was […]

On an English summer evening (chilly and drizzly) a small group of Ertegun scholars gathered in front of the stage in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a Midsummer Night’s Dream. We were told to expect a “weird, druggy, space-age Bollywood mash-up” (Lloyd Evans, the Spectator) from this first production under the Artistic Directorship of Emma Rice. Innovations of […]

From Wednesday 4th to Saturday 7th May 2016, I sang the role of Corydon in six performances of Purcell’s Fairy Queen in the Oxford Playhouse, with the company Theatron Novum. This experience was exciting and rewarding, for several reasons. With 600 seats, the Oxford Playhouse is the biggest stage on which I have ever performed, […]