Centre and Periphery: Conceptualizing Music, Voice and Nation


European Humanities Research Centre, University of Oxford

Centre and Periphery: Conceptualizing Music, Voice and Nation -  a one-day colloquium on ‘The Politics of Opera’

Friday, 9 October 2009, Room 2, Taylor Institution, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3NA

convenors Suzanne Aspden and Rosamund Bartlett



9.30 a.m. Coffee

SESSION ONE  - 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.

Chair: Peter Franklin (University of Oxford)

Pamela Karantonis (University of the West of England), Dylan Robinson (University of Toronto), “Opera and Indigeneity”

Ben Walton (University of Cambridge), “Singing to the New World: The Invention of Italian Opera in Argentina”

Emanuele Senici (Università di Roma la Sapienza), “Live Opera on Screen: Textualization and Liveness in the Digital Age”

12.00-1.30 Lunch

SESSION TWO - 1.30 p.m. -  3.30 p.m.  

Chair: Roger Parker (KCL)

Clair Rowden (Cardiff University), “The German Salome versus the French Salomé: The Reception of Strauss’s and Mariotte’s Operas in Paris, 1907-1910”

Maria Birbili (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris), “Politicizing Opera: the Reception of the French Revolution in Grand Opéra”

Flora Willson (KCL), “Viardot’s Orpheus: Haussmannizing Operatic Space in Second-Empire Paris”           


3.30-4.00 Tea


SESSION THREE - 4.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Chair: Axel Körner (UCL)

Matthew M Werley (Richard-Strauss-Institut), “Gluck on the Green Hill:  Richard Strauss’s Iphigenie auf Tauris between historicism and Wagnerism”

Nanette Nielsen (University of Nottingham), “Between Politics and Ethics: Paul Bekker’s Reception of Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgschaft (1932)”


All are welcome.  There is no charge for attending. 

Enquiries: rosamund.bartlett@ehrc.ox.ac.uk    

EHRC website: http://www.ehrc.ox.ac.uk/activities.htm