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Ancient Drama in Modern Opera, 1600-1800

APGRD Conference, Classics Centre, Oxford, 12 July 2007

'Ancient Drama in Modern Opera, 1600-1800', APGRD conference -- 
registration now open.

The importance of Greek drama for the evolution of European opera is well
known but tends not to be distinguished from the influence of Greek
mythology more generally. In keeping the focus of this conference on the
influence of ancient drama in the first 200 years of opera's development
we hope to shed new light both on that development and on the reception of
Greek drama. The speakers are drawn from the worlds of Classics, Modern
Languages, and Music, and they include people involved in the performance
of operatic works as well as some of the leading academics in this field.  
The provisional speakers and paper titles for this conference are as

Dr Michael Burden (Director of Productions, New Chamber Opera), 'Myth in
Metastasio's works' Bruno Forment (composer and performer; PhD student at
University of Ghent), 'The gods out of the machine ... and their
come-back' Professor Wendy Heller (Department of Music, Princeton
University), 'Playing with fortune: the fate of Pyrrhus in seicento
Venice' Professor Robert Ketterer (Department of Classics, University of
Iowa), 'The influence of Agostino Piovene's translations of Greek tragedy
on his opera libretti in the first quarter of the 18th century' Dr Suzana
Ograjen^ek (Research Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge), 'Andromache in late
17th and early 18th century operas' Professor Ellen Rosand (Department of
Music, Yale University), 'Classical themes in Monteverdi' Professor
Reinhard Strohm (Faculty of Music, Oxford University), ' "Addio Tebani!"
Oedipus Tyrannus as opera seria (1729)' Jennifer Thorp (Archivist, New
College, Oxford), 'Dance in Lully's Alceste' Dr Amy Wygant (School of
Modern Languages and Cultures, Glasgow University), 'The Ghost of

After the papers there will be a wine reception and then a short recital
of arias from eighteenth-century tragic operas by Ensemble La Falsirena
(Suzana Ograjen^ek, soprano; Luke Green, harpsichord; Henrik Persson,
baroque 'cello). We currently expect the papers to run from 9.30 to 6.15,
and the recital to be over by 8.00.

Enquiries about the conference are welcome at  
form. We can provide advice on accommodation in the local area if
required, but we regret that we cannot undertake to make bookings on
behalf of conference delegates.

Student Bursaries The Craven Committee and the Faculty of Music at the
University of Oxford have each generously offered five bursaries to cover
the registration fee for students from the Faculties of Classics and

In addition, thanks to the generosity of the Classical Association and the
Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, a further twenty bursaries
are available to students from any university. Although the ten SPHS
bursaries are earmarked for postgraduate students whose work falls under
the area of Hellenic Studies, students from other departments whose work
would benefit from attendance at the conference are encouraged to apply.  
Each of these bursaries will cover the registration fee and offer at least
20 towards travel expenses.

To be considered for a bursary please send the following items to 'Opera
Conference: Bursaries', APGRD, Classics Centre, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX1
3LU by Friday 11 May 2007:

(i) a letter of application, including details of your programme of study
and, if applicable, an outline of your research; (ii) a completed
registration form for this conference; (iii) an academic recommendation
under separate cover; (iv) if applicable, an estimate of your travel

Registration The 20 registration fee includes lunch and all refreshments
on the day. To register for this conference, please either

(i) go to, and follow the link to
the electronic booking facility for registration and payment online (n.b.  
there is a surcharge of 50p for credit/debit card bookings)

or (ii) complete the registration form which is available at and send together with a cheque to
'Opera Conference: Registrations', APGRD, Classics Centre, 66 St Giles',
Oxford OX1 3LU. Please contact the APGRD if you would like a paper version
of the registration form.

Funding Bodies We are very grateful to the British Academy, the Classical
Association, the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, and
(within the University of Oxford) the Craven Committee and the Faculty of
Music for their generous support of this conference.
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