Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today

American Institute for Verdi Studies, New York University
9-13 October 2013

As we approach the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), interest in his operas remains undiminished. Verdi’s music continues to travel around the world in live performances and recordings, and new technologies–from the internet to high-definition simulcasts–have made opera accessible to broader audiences. The international conference Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today will bring together scholars, practitioners, and critics at New York University to discuss the circulation and perception of Verdi–and of Italian opera–in today’s world. A principal focus will be how Verdi’s works have been interpreted, imagined, and appropriated.

The American Institute for Verdi Studies particularly welcomes proposals exploring new modes of circulation and transmission (such as digital media and culture), emerging markets for opera, globalization, cultural transfer, marketing and promotion, anniversaries and monuments, and Italian migration and identity. Proposals concerning other aspects of Verdi, his works, and their reception are also welcome. We also encourage proposals that offer a broad perspective on Italian opera today, beyond (but relevant to) Verdi.

Proposals are invited for:

  • Individual and collaborative papers (20 minutes); 250-word abstract
  • Themed paper sessions of three or four papers; 250-word abstracts plus 250-word  introduction to the session
  • Round tables; 250-word introduction plus brief outline of individual contributions
  • Alternative format presentations and sessions, including (but not limited to) performances, workshops, and demonstrations (please contact the program committee at to discuss)

Please submit proposals in a Word document attachment to Proposals should be accompanied by a brief professional biography (up to 150 words). Proposals and presentations should be in English.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 24, 2013. Notification of submission outcomes will be by March 15, 2013.

Please direct all questions to

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