The Classical inspirations of Opera

Here is a request from one of our long- standing ARLT members:
Our N.Staffs CA branch is seeking a speaker on what might be called ‘the classical inspirations of opera’ as members have expressed an interest in hearing a lecture, from the classical perspective, on how opera has been informed by classical literature, myth and history. 
We seek a speaker, who is a classicist and who appreciates that the basic hybrid format of Greek tragedy is not just the ‘inspiration’ of opera but its direct origin and parent.
We are a branch with a sprinkling of classics “professionals” but composed mainly of interested amateurs so to speak, together with some with no background in the Classics at all. The age range is from (occasionally) secondary school to well into retirement age, but is certainly not one of the oldest aged membership of branches in the country. Normal attendance is from 15 -25, although we do have nearly 60 local members. We usually provide an evening meal after the talk, if the speaker can remain with us, and overnight accommodation can be offered when needed (and of course travelling expenses).
If you can help, or can suggest someone, please contact Monica Swnburne

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