Bootleg Opera, Online conference, 2–4 September 2020

Presentations include topics in the fields of musicology, law and gender studies, among others.
During the conference the Bern University of the Arts will present the Ehrenreich-Collection of opera recordings, a collection of over 2000 reel-to-reel tapes comprising around 10’000 hours of private bootleg recordings made between 1965 and 2010 at the major opera venues in New York by the self-proclaimed “pirate queen” Leroy Allan Ehrenreich (1929–2016). The conference aims to bring this singular collection into dialogue with similar collections worldwide, providing a valuable opportunity of contextualising and exploring the identities, networks, practices, voices and emotions involved in amateur bootleg recording in the second half of the twentieth century. Ideas and initiatives for further research projects around the collection are welcome.

For more information and the detailed program please see the official conference website.