The Staging of Verdi and Wagner Operas

International Conference

Pistoia (Italy), 13-15 September 2013

Organized by

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca

Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

Associazione Amici di Groppoli

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca, the Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française of Venice and the Association Amici di Groppoli are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium The Staging of Verdi & Wagner Operas, to be held in Pistoia, from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 September 2013. 

Organized in conjunction with the bicenteray of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, this conference aims to deepen the existing understanding of opera staging through examination of the the works of these two composers, focusing on the economical, sociological and technological factors connected with opera production. The conference also welcomes studies on staging, with a particular focus on visual aspects and their relationship with theatrical space: the tradition of establishing each visual element in writing (like the livret de mise en scène in France or the disposizioni sceniche in Italy) reflects the importance that staging had acquired during the nineteenth century in the sphere of musical drama. The conference is open to a range of paper proposals, but the scientific committee would particularly welcome studies of the following:

 · Theatre and Scene: Spaces and Techniques

· Scenographies for Verdi and Wagner Operas: Originality and Tradition

· The Parisian livrets de mise en scène of the Operas of Verdi and Wagner

· Verdi and the disposizioni sceniche

· Verdi/Wagner and Stage Directors, Scenographers, Costume Designers, Stage Managers, Coreographers, and so forth

· Clients and Impresarios of Verdi and Wagner Operas

Roberto IllianoLucca;  Étienne JardinParis/Venice; Fulvia MorabitoLucca; Michela NiccolaiParis; Luca SalaPoitiers; Massimiliano SalaLucca
·      Jürgen Maehder (Freie Universität Berlin)
·      Michela Niccolai (Paris)

The official languages of the conference are English, French, German and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume. Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 14 April 2013*** to <>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation. The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the 15th of May 2013, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.

For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Roberto Illiano
Via Nottolini, 162
San Concordio contr.
I-55100 Lucca (Lu)
tel: +39/338.9233006


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