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Opera: The Melting Pot of Culture Sarah Lenton. Monday 21 October 2019

  Sarah Lenton is a writer and broadcaster on Radios 3 & 4.She has directed more than 20 shows for Royal Opera house.


This lecture charts Opera’s close connection with the societies that have paid for it through the centuries.

Opera is a key part of theWestern classical music tradition. Originally understood as an entirely sung piece, in contrast to a play with songs, opera has come to include numerous genres, including some that include spoken dialogue such as musical theatre, Singspiel and Opera cómique. In traditional number opera, singers employ two styles of singing: recitative, a speech-inflected style, and self-contained arias. The 19th century saw the rise of the continuous music drama.