“Non-nationalist” Russian Opera: International Symposium



16-17 November 2010


School of Music, University of Leeds, UK


Supported by Leeds Literary and Philosophical Society, Music and Letters, CePRA (Centre for Practice-led Research in the Arts), Leeds University Centre for Opera Studies, and Royal Musical Association.


The rise of nationalism in nineteenth-century Russian opera completely eclipsed the works of composers who did not actively engage in nationalist discourse, or whose operas did not display particular Russian musical style. Such are Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia, Anton Arensky’s Rafael, as well as a number of works by César Cui, Anton Rubinstein, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and others. This symposium will address the “other” side of Russian opera as represented by stage works that cannot so readily be subsumed under the theme of national identity.


The keynote presentations will be given by Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley, USA) and Marina Frolova-Walker (University of Cambridge, UK).


The symposium will close with the UK  premiere of the first act of Taneyev’s Oresteia, supported by the patrons Vladimir Ashkenazy and Steven Isserlis.


Symposium Committee:


Dr Anastasia Belina, Prof. Derek Scott, Dr Stephen Muir, and Dr George Kennaway


All enquiries to be sent by email to Dr Anastasia Belina, at a.belina@leeds.ac.uk


Bookings are now open via the conference website: