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Opera - the Melting Pot of Culture Sarah Lenton Tuesday 23 January 2018

The talk charts opera’s close connection with the society that is paying for it and moves from the 17th and 18th century preoccupations with princely patronage, classical plots, courtly manners, high voices, enormous costumes and happy endings - through the gear change of the war and revolution to the 19th century concerns of nationalism, epic themes and doomed heroines.  The talk is based on years of writing articles, programme notes and lecturing for the Royal Opera House and the BBC.

Sarah Lenton describes this talk as her calling card.  She has spent her working life in the theatre, principally at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and the English National Opera.  She gives lectures on current operas and ballets.  Broadcasts live for operas and prepares podcasts for BBC Radios 3 and 4.  She has written and directed many shows for the Royal Opera House Linbury Studio Theatre and for the Glyndebourne Touring Opera.  She is also a cartoonist.