John Coffin Trust Fund Guest Lecture by Jonathan Miller: Subsequent Performances
Prominent neurologist, atheist, theater director, television presenter and humorist - the incomparable Jonathan Miller - addresses this conference on opera and visual culture.
Miller addresses both his own career and the world of opera that he has helped shape- School of Advanced Study, University of London
Born in 1934, Jonathan Miller spent the war years following his father, who was at the time a military psychiatrist, around the country. Having attended several preparatory schools he completed his secondary education at St Paul's School in London where he developed an interest in biological sciences which has continued throughout his life.
Two years after qualifying as a doctor in 1959 he agreed to write and take part in a review (Beyond the Fringe) at the Edinburgh Festival. Caught up by its unexpected success he went on to perform in it in London and New York. From that time on he gradually moved further and further away from medicine into television, theatre and opera.
Over the years he has directed at least 50 operas in cities all over the world including London, New York, Florence, Milan, Berlin, Munich and Zurich and Tokyo.