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Release: June 11, 2001
UI Obermann Center hosts two-week seminar on 'Opera
Many of the worlds leading researchers in the field
of opera history will gather at the University of Iowa Obermann Center for
Advanced Studies June 11-27 for the 2001 Obermann Summer Research Seminar,
"Opera in Context."
This interdisciplinary research seminar will focus on
the relationship between opera and the social worlds in which, and for which,
it was created. Scholars will address the ways in which individual operas
or operatic traditions have shaped, and been shaped by, their publics and
the cultural and political circumstances in which they existed. New approaches
to opera and new problems in opera studies are particularly encouraged.
A principal aim of the seminar is to bring together scholars
drawn from a variety of disciplines, including classics, dance, history, literary
studies, musicology, and theater arts. Topics to be addressed include: intersections
of stage representation and social contexts; transformations of single works
for different venues and audiences; operatic works that spawn or respond to
other operatic or non-operatic works; performance practices that can be understood
as integral to operatic works rather than incidental to them; the politics
of opera on film; and reception issues.
Distinguished guest speakers include:
Herbert Lindenberger, professor of comparative literature,
Stanford University, speaking on "Retrospective Reflections on Opera,"
Tuesday, June 12, 1:30 p.m.
Harold Powers, professor of music, Princeton University,
speaking on "
il vario metro dei versi francesi
June 15, 10 a.m.
Wye (Wendy) J. Allanbrook, professor of music, University
of California at Berkeley, speaking on "Comic Flux and Comic Precision:
Opera buffa and the Development of Late Eighteenth Century Instrumental Music,"
Tuesday, June 19, 1: 30 p.m.
David Levin, associate professor of Germanic studies,
University of Chicago, speaking on "Opera and mis-en-scene: The Stuttgart
Opera Production of Mozarts Abduction from the Seraglio,"
Thursday, June 21, 1:30 p.m.
Ellen Rosand, professor of music, Yale University, speaking
on "Conventionalizing Opera," Monday, June 25, 1:30 p.m.
The seminar is organized by Roberta Marvin, a UI associate
professor of musicology, and Downing Thomas, a UI associate professor of French
and Italian, and will convene Fellows selected competitively from applicants
around the world.
UI Fellows include Robert Ketterer (Classics) and Waltraud
Maierhofer (German). Other Fellows are Robert Clark (Modern Languages, Kansas
State University), Rachel Cowgill (Music, University
of Leeds), Tili Cuille (Romance Languages, Washington University), Charles
Dill (Music, University of Wisconsin), Grace Kehler (English, McMaster University),
and Anne Williams (English, University of Georgia).
The seminar is supported by the C. Esco and Avalon L.
Obermann Fund and by the Obermann Center, the Office of the Vice President
for Research and the Graduate College.
All seminar programs will be held in the Gold Room at
Oakdale Hall. A complete seminar schedule is available from the Obermann Center,