Gaiety, Glitz and Glamour: Reawakening the “Silver Age” of twentieth-century Operetta

A Royal Musical AssociationInstitute for Musical Research Study Day
In affiliation with the German Operetta in London and New York, 1907–1939: Cultural Transfer and Transformation (GOLNY) project, funded by the European Research Council, headed by Derek B Scott (Leeds) and Anastasia Belina-Johnson (Royal College of Music).

Location: Senate House, University of London, on Saturday 14 October 2017, 10:00–16:30


10:00 Registration
10:30 Welcome
10:45 Guest Speaker – John Snelson, Head of Publications, Royal Opera House – Adaptations of German-language operetta for the West End stage and their influence on British operetta
11:15  Valeria De Lucca (University of Southampton): ‘Die lustige Witwe in Italy: Assimilation and Critical Response’
11:45 Katie L. Gardner (University of Oxford): ‘Die Zirkusprinzessin and the Transmational Cultural Imagination of the Traditional Circus Performer’
14:15 Interview with Tobias Becker, German Historical Institute, London: ‘Cultural transfer between the musical stages of Berlin and London’
14:45 Judith Wiemers (Queen’s University Belfast): ‘“Das ist der Black Walk” – American motifs in Paul Abraham’s 1930s operettas and their adaptation for the screen’


15:15 Stefanie Arend (University of Oxford): ‘The Congress Dances (1932): Eric Charell’s Operetta Extravaganza on Screen’


15:45 Study session on researching operetta and musical comedy: Sources, archives, and methodologies
16:30 End.


Participation is free but please register by emailing Stephanie Jones ( and Melissa Gerber-Venter ( by 1 October 2017, for catering purposes.