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 follows:
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.

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 Music.
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: Busaries', 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 expenses.
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.