Opera is a 400-year-old intermedial art form, which, despite having been frequently declared dead, maintains a lively grip on public social life and on the imagination. Our seminar is dedicated specifically to exploring opera's integrations and hybridizations: of theater and music, of the live and the mediated, of acting and singing, of textual and oral practices. With speakers from a number of different disciplines, we foster an approach that encourages not only cross-disciplinary exchanges, but also the mixing of aesthetic pleasure and sustained inquiry.

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming seminars.

Past Events 2016 - 17

Kerry Murphy, University of Melbourne
Thomas Quinlan’s "All-Red" Tours
Nicolas McGegan, Conductor and Harpsichordist
Talk Title TBA
John Gabriel, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
Topical Opera in Troubled Times: Two Late Zeitopern of Ernst Toch and Ernst Krenek

Past Events 2015 - 16

Daniel Callahan, Boston College
Choreomusicality chez Cage-Cunningham
Emily Dolan, Harvard University
The Operatic Worlds of the Orchestra
Christine Jeanneret, University of Copenhagen
The Body's Eloquence: Singing, Acting, and Moving in Early Italian Opera
Angela Ida de Benedictis, Paul Sacher Foundation
The First Dramaturgical Ideas and Engagement in Luigi Nono's Theatrical Projects of the 1950s
Elizabeth Hudson, Northeastern University
From Orpheus to Opera: Verdi’s Il trovatore

Past Events 2014 - 15

Sindhumathi Revuluri, Harvard University
Tan Dun's The First Emperor and the Expectations of Exoticism
Arthur Groos, Cornell University
"In the River Rhine?”: Das Rheingold as Musical Cosmogony
Arman Schwartz, University of Birmingham
Infernal Symphony: Gianni Schicchi, Tuscan Revivalism, and the Great War
Katharina Piechocki, Harvard University
Solemn Sex: Ottaviano Castelli’s Roman Opera Production for the Birth of Louis XIV (1638)
Brigid Cohen, New York University
Ono in Opera, 1961
Emily Richmond Pollock, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rebuilding, Retrenchment, and the “Reopening” of Munich’s Nationaltheater

Past Events 2013 - 14

Christopher Morris, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
A Morning at the Opera: Media Technology and the New Liveness
Gabriela Cruz, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dissembling Song: Opera Parody in Lisbon, c. 1850
Jane Bernstein, Tufts University
Spectacular Matters and Print Culture: Cavalieri's Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo
Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Brown University
Beyond the Pleasure Principle: Verdi and the Death Drive: I due Foscari

Past Events 2012 - 13

Emanuele Senici, University of Rome "La Sapienza"
"Delirious Hopes: Napoleonic Milan and the Rise of Modern Operatic Criticism"
Gundula Kreutzer, Yale University
"Wagnerian Technologies: The Curtain"
Bonnie Gordon, University of Virginia
"Fire and Water: Special Effects in Early Modern Spectacle"
Hilary Poriss, Northeastern University
"Pauline Viardot and Le Prophète"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Heather Wiebe, University of Virginia
"Performing Encounter: Britten’s Asian Travels, Cold War Exchange, and Curlew River"
Laurence Senelick, Tufts University
"Offenbach, Wagner, and Nietzsche: The Politics of Polemic"
Martin Puchner, Harvard University; Andrew Sofer, Boston College; Alessandra Campana, Tufts University
Workshop on Jacques Rancière's "Emancipated Spectator"

Past Events 2010 - 11

Richard Beaudoin, Harvard University
Mark Ludwig, Terezin Foundation
Anne Shreffler, Harvard University
Round table on Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis
The Opera Quarterly Annual Conference: "Opera and the Space of Performance"
Mary Ann Smart, University of California, Berkeley
"Resisting Rossini, or Marlon Brando Plays Figaro"
Carol Oja, Harvard University
“'Exotic Ivy Smith' and Sono Osato: Race and Politics in On the Town (1944)"
David Levin, University of Chicago
“Lohengrin and the Dramaturgy of Enchantment"