Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ancient Drama in Modern Opera

'Ancient Drama in Modern Opera, 1600-1800'
APGRD Conference, Classics Centre, Oxford, 12 July 2007

This conference is interdisciplinary, with speakers from Classics and Modern Languages as well as music academics. Registration is 20 pounds (includes lunch), and the organizers promise mystical bursaries, which is Brit-speak for student scholarships.

Provisional speakers:
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 Ograjenšek (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 Alcestis'

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 Ograjenšek, 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.

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