About this event

  • Date and time Mon 28 Jan 2019 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Membership Department

Handel’s divas were the leading singers of their day, with busy careers and adored by their followers, but what was it like for them to sing such bravura repertoire so often?

How were they trained, how they did cope with the demanding workload, and did their voices suffer?

We will examine these issues and gain insights into the difficulties that opera singers faced back in Handel’s time and continue to face today in a chaired discussion with two leading experts in the field.

Key speakers

Richard Wistreich

Richard Wistreich

Director of Research at the Royal College of Music, a former professional singer, and a music-historian with a particular interest in vocal performance in Europe between 1500 and 1800


Declan Costello

Consultant Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon specialising in voice disorders; he is based in London and Wexham Park (Slough), and works with many professional singers


View the programme

Introduction from Membership Director, Janice Liverseidge
Welcome from London Handel Festival Director, Samir Savant
In discussion with Richard Wistreich, Director of Research, the Royal College of Music and Declan Costello, Consultant Ear Nose & Throat Surgeon
Drinks reception
End of reception


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom