'Evaluating the social impact of the arts: a question of method?', invited paper at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 23 October 2013.
'Public engagement: the case of La Scala', invited paper at the Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh, 18 August 2009.
'Operatic neoliberalism', invited paper at the two-day international symposium Beyond utility and markets: Articulating the role of the humanities in the twenty-first century, Duke University, Durham, USA, 25-26 June 2009.
'La Scala and the Milanese working classes, 1968-1972', invited paper at the international conference Die Gesellschaft der Oper. Kulturtransfers und Netzwerke des Musiktheaters in Europa (The Society of Opera. Cultural Transfers and Networks of Musical Theatre in Europe), Humboldt University, Komische Oper Berlin, and Berlin State Opera, Berlin, 22-24 May 2008.
'Analysing the politics of cultural institutions: a study of La Scala, Milan, 1945-2005', invited research paper, University of Leicester, Department of Museum Studies, 21 November 2007.
'The policy and politics of privatisation: the case of La Scala, Milan', invited paper at the one-day symposium Privatising Culture, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 31 March 2007.
'Cultural leadership: a historical perspective', invited paper at a one-day seminar Management of Culture / Culture of Management organised by the London School of Economics and the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies of the University of Warwick within the ESRC / AHRB Cultural Industries Seminar Network, University of Warwick, 28 June 2006.
Invited discussant at the one-day seminar The social impact of the arts, Arts Council England, London, 15 March 2006.