Beyond Press Cuttings: New Approaches to Reception in Opera Studies

Oxford Brookes University, in conjunction with the Royal Musical Association

‘Beyond Press Cuttings: New Approaches to Reception in Opera Studies’

Call for papers.

The opera research unit at Oxford Brookes University (OBERTO) warmly invites proposals for papers to be delivered at its inaugural conference, to be held on Tuesday 13 September 2011.

Far from being a mere historical ‘footnote’, reception has come to be seen as central to the study of opera over the past decades. Reception studies have moved from the perfunctory inclusion of a few choice newspaper snippets to a fresh perspective on music that relocates the traditional focus on composers and works towards performances and audiences. The purpose of this conference is to consider the ways in which the parameters of operatic reception studies are shifting to include new sources, new media and new audiences, and in the process shedding new light on how societies have received and made use of opera, from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Proposals might deal with (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • The reception of opera through other media (literature, the visual arts, film)
  • Opera in popular culture
  • Opera2.0: Blogs, social media and the internet
  • Hitherto untapped / non-canonical sources
  • Non-traditional operatic audiences

The conference will comprise a mixture of individual papers, panel discussion and open discussion. Proposals of up to 250 words are invited for individual papers of 20 minutes duration.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Alexandra Wilson ( no later than Friday 6 May 2011.

Conference organisers: Dr Barbara Eichner and Dr Alexandra Wilson

OBERTO: Oxford Brookes – Exploring Research Trends in Opera

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