CFP – Parole del Metastasio – opera and emotions in eighteenth-century Europe

Teatro Real, Madrid

25–27 March, 2020

In eighteenth-century Europe, Metastasio’s work marked poetic, musical, and cultural boundaries within which the production of sung music developed for more than a hundred years. His vision of the world, and of human relationships and passions, influenced not only the hundreds of composers who ventured the musical setting of his lyrics, but also all other poets inspired by his words for music.

Given the unparalleled impact of Metastasio’s texts in operatic composition throughout the eighteenth century, complete exploration of the librettist’s figure requires attending to the myriads of musical versions prompted by the emotions expressed in his lyrics. Therefore, we warmly invite presentations investigating the relationship between text and music around Metastasian passions, with especial attention to the dramaturgical and musical treatment thereof within his recitatives and closed pieces. We particularly encourage papers using novel methodologies for the study of the librettist’s world, including digital, computer-assisted techniques for data extraction from both music and poetry.

This symposium is an expression of the European Research Council project DIDONE. The Sources of Absolute Music: Mapping Emotions in Eighteenth-Century Italian Opera (, directed by Álvaro Torrente at the Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). It will coincide with the representation of Francesco Corselli’s setting of Metastasio’s Achille in Sciro in the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Proposals for individual papers (20-minute long, followed by 10-minute discussion) must be submitted as Word files (.pdf is not accepted). Each proposal must include the following information:

– presenter’s name

– paper title

– abstract (max. 350 words)

– short bio (max. 150 words)

– institutional affiliation

– e-mail address

The official languages of the conference are Italian, English, and Spanish.

Proposals must be sent to the email address by 17 November, 2019, and will be evaluated by 1 January 2020.

Scientific committee:

Álvaro Torrente

Andrea Sommer-Mathis

José María Domínguez

 Ana Llorens

Nicola Usula

“Cardinal Cisneros and Music” Symposium – El cardenal Cisneros y la Música

“Cardinal Cisneros and Music” Symposium – El cardenal Cisneros y la Música

27th-29th September 2018, Toledo cathedral (Spain)

The International Music Festival “El Greco en Toledo” organizes a Symposium of Musicology entitled “Cardinal Cisneros and Music”, next 27th to 29th September in collaboration with Toledo Cathedral (Spain). The director is José María Domínguez (University of La Rioja) and Tess Knighton is in charge of the scientific organization. Major scholars on Music, History, Printing and Culture of the Spanish Renaissance will meet to present recent research and discuss on Music around cardinal Francisco Jiménez de Cisneros (1436-1517). The event features kenotes by Professors Susan Boynton (Columbia University) and Juan Carlos Asensio (ESMUC – Barcelona). Six sessions and a round table will conform the program, focusing on issues as: Mozarabic chant, choirbooks and liturgical imprints, material culture and musical patronage by archbishops, religious orders and reformism and, finally, Toledo cathedral at the time of the Cardinal. The Symposium will be held in historical venues related to Cisneros: the Cathedral, Lorenzana palace, the Conservatorio (former monastery of San Juan de la Penitencia founded by the prelate) and the mozarabic church of Santa Eulalia where a mozarabic sung mass is scheduled. A closing concert by Schola Antiqua will take place in the cathedral. The language of the Symposium will be Spanish.

The whole program as well as the registration form are available here:

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