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Release: Oct. 2, 2001

Music of Verdi featured in International Programs' Distinguished Lecture Series

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Julian Budden, an English musicologist and former BBC radio producer, will speak on "100 Years of Verdi," Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Voxman Music Building, Harper Hall, on the University of Iowa campus as part of the International Programs' Distinguished Lecture Series.

This lecture will trace the shifting perspectives on Verdi's music over the century since his death with illustrations and musical examples. It is free and open to the public and will be geared for a general audience.

Budden is one of the most revered scholars in Italian 19th-century opera studies. He is the author of the monumental three-volume study of Verdi's operas that has served the musical community for two decades and of a new comprehensive study on the operas of Puccini. He is on the editorial board of "The Works of Giuseppe Verdi" and a fellow in the British Academy. Budden does not make many public appearances in the United States, and this lecture will provide Iowa City residents a unique opportunity to hear one of the legendary British scholars of Italian opera.

Budden is the second of four leading international Verdi scholars visiting the UI campus this fall as part of the International Programs' Distinguished Lecture Series. All of the scholars are sharing their insights on the life and music of one of the most famous and popular composers of all times.

The series is coordinated by Roberta Marvin, an associate professor in the UI School of Music, with support from International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Office of the Vice President for Research. All of the lectures are free and open to the public. A reception will follow each lecture.

The series is especially significant because it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Verdi, Marvin said.

"These leading Verdi scholars are pioneers in shaping the current profile of opera studies," Marvin says. "This is a tremendous opportunity to learn of insights from today's leading Verdi scholars from both sides of the Atlantic."

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these lectures, contact Blythe Burkhardt, International Programs, (319) 335-1436.