Performing Arts and Technical Issues in the 19th Century

organized by

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca

Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

 

Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto

18-20 October 2019

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccheriniof Lucca and Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Veniceare pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Performing Arts and Technical Issues in the 19thCentury», to be held in Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto, from 18 to 20 October 2019.

It is only in recent years that musicology has seriously begun to focus on opera staging, representing as it does a crucial element in our understanding of theatrical production. The visual component is integral to the compositional process of opera; it is already present in the stage directions contained in scene booklets and scores, before finding its ultimate form in the most comprehensive examples of stage-booklets. Cross-comparison of these books with the score, sets, costumes and press reports, often accompanied by illustrations and photographs of the scenery, can now generate an understanding of the ‘three-dimensionality’ of a particular opera.

The present conference aims to address several facets of the artistic expression of a live performance, in particular focusing on the technical issues, people and institutions related to it. Thus dance, musical theatre, mime, puppetry, and other performing arts will be investigated through the lens of their various components— staging, lighting, sound, costumes, theatrical machines — as well as their protagonists — impresarios, tournée, companies, designers, conductors and directors.

The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

  • Stage Machinery: Scene Changes, Lighting, Sound Effects, Set, Illusions, etc.
  • Economical and Administrative Issues
  • Companies and Tournées
  • Stage Direction, Movements and Gestures
  • Impresarios, Actors, Dancers, Designers, Conductors, etc.
  • Mime, Puppetry, Dance and Choreography
  • The Venues of Entertainment
  • Press, Staging Manuals, Literature and Handbooks

Programme Committee:

  • Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française)
  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
  • Massimiliano Locanto (Università degli Studi di Salerno)
  • Michela Niccolai (LaM, Université libre de Bruxelles et IHRIM, Lyon2, Lyon)
  • Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)

Keynote Speakers:

  • Scott Palmer (School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds)
  • Catrina Flint (Vanier College, Montréal).

The official languages of the conference are English, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.

Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 7 April 2019*** to <conferences@luigiboccherini.org>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.

The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of April 2019, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.

For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala

conferences@luigiboccherini.org

www.luigiboccherini.org

Singing Speech and Speaking Melodies: Musical Theatre (1650-1918)

organized by
Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca)

Research Group ERASMUSH, University of Oviedo (Oviedo, Spain)

Oviedo, Edificio Histórico de la Universidad
09 – 11 May 2019

Call for Papers

The Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini of Lucca and the Research Group ERASMUSH of the University of Oviedo (Spain) are pleased to invite submissions of proposals for the symposium «Singing Speech and Speaking Melodies: Musical Theatre (1650-1918)», to be held in Oviedo, Edificio Histórico de la Universidad de Oviedo (Historic Building of the University of Oviedo), from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 May 2019.

This conference aims to deal with the complex world of the variety of stage works such as vaudeville, singspiel, zarzuela, operetta, opéra-comique, intermezzo, tonadilla or ballad opera, that were born around the establishment of Opera as a musical genre in different European Countries. Most of them with a long life, flourished during the 19th and the beginning of 20th century , becoming then a mass phenomenon that gathered a large audience. Despite the many differences, all of these forms of musical theatre share an alternation of sung parts and spoken dialogue , and some of them dance too. During their evolution and dissemination around the world, many of these genres of musical theater have maintained their denomination but changed their forms and literary-musical references, sometimes enriched with foreign contributions and inbreading between closely related genres. This development has created some epistemological problems about what zarzuela, operetta or opéra-comique means in the different periods of its life.

The programme committee encourages submissions within the following areas, although other topics are also welcome:

• Repertoire and analysis of models
• Dramaturgical roles of the singing & of the spoken word
• Literary sources and influences
• Sources, relationships and divergences
• Production system, consumption, entertainment system
• In & out of Europe: dissemination and adaptation of theatrical genres
• Performing practice: Do the singers speak or the actors sing?
• The public and its social component
• Musical aesthetics and criticism
• Scene, choreography and dance
• Costumes, Decorations and Scenic Design
• Editing theatrical music: from the piano to the orchestral accompaniment

Programme Committee:
• María Encina Cortizo (Universidad de Oviedo)
• Roberto Illiano (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Michela Niccolai (LaM, Université libre de Bruxelles et IHRIM, Lyon2, Lyon)
• Massimiliano Sala (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)
• Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo)

Keynote Speakers:
• María Encina Cortizo (Universidad de Oviedo)
• Michela Niccolai (LaM, Université libre de Bruxelles et IHRIM, Lyon2, Lyon)

The official languages of the conference are English, Spanish, French and Italian. Papers selected at the conference will be published in a miscellaneous volume.
Papers are limited to twenty minutes in length, allowing time for questions and discussion. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and one page of biography.
All proposals should be submitted by email no later than ***Sunday 3 February 2019*** to <conferences@luigiboccherini.org>. With your proposal please include your name, contact details (postal address, e-mail and telephone number) and (if applicable) your affiliation.
The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of February 2019, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date.
For any additional information, please contact:

Dr. Massimiliano Sala
conferences@luigiboccherini.org
www.luigiboccherini.org