The Theory, Practice, and Business of Opera Today

The Theory, Practice, and Business of Opera Today

Call for papers and other contributions.

Please note that updated conference details, final programme, and registration information are now available via the conference website:

Dates of the Conference: 12–14 April 2012.
Host: LUCOS, University of Leeds, UK.

The School of Music and School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds have, over the past few years, enjoyed a close relationship with Opera North, the largest English opera company outside of London. Following several successful partnership projects, the Leeds University Centre for Opera Studies (LUCOS) is now organizing a novel kind of international opera conference involving a stimulating mixture of practitioners and academics to debate key themes in the theory, practice, and business of opera today. Although we intend to include traditional paper sessions, we also want to include workshops, round tables, and sessions that present work on current opera projects.

The conference has three themes, and a day will be devoted to each:

THE BUSINESS OF OPERA: Marketing, finance, audiences, perceptions, participation.

THEORY AND PRACTICE: Opera libretti, interpretation, practical questions about historicism and current production practices (includes rehearsal workshop at Opera North for half the day).

OPERA NOW: new work, making opera ‘relevant’, current developments in opera studies, the digital revolution – half a day at Opera North, watching a rehearsal.

Proposals are invited for individual papers, workshops, and round tables. Workshops may be based, for example, on conflicting interpretations of an operatic scene. Round tables may examine a topic from the point of view of different practitioners (e.g. conductor, director, librettist, composer, designer, choreographer).

The conference web site is:

Further information and registration details will be added at a later date.

The deadline for this call is 30 November 2011. Please send your proposals to Anastasia Belina. LUCOS (Leeds University Centre for Opera Studies), email: