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Jan. 30, 2004

Minnesota Professor To Speak About Opera Production Feb. 6

Kelly Harness, an assistant professor of musicology at the University of Minnesota, will speak about 17th century opera production as a guest of the University of Iowa Opera Studies Group Friday, Feb. 6. Her talk, "'All this Discord Must be Resolved': Opera Production in Florence, 1600-1628" begins at 4:30 p.m. in room 1013 of the Voxman Music Building.

Harness' research has focused mainly on Florentine theatrical genres in the early 17th century, as well as music and theater in a Florentine convent. She has published articles on aspects of Florentine opera in the "Journal of the American Musicological Society" and the "Journal for Seventeenth Century Music."

The UI Opera Studies Group, affiliated with UI International Programs, was established in 1999 as a forum to foster the study of opera and related genres from interdisciplinary perspectives. The group's purpose is to bring together scholars who have a special expertise or interest in opera to share their views on various issues associated with research and performance of operatic works.

The activities of the group include both formal and informal gatherings addressing myriad topics ranging from aesthetics to performance practices. Many of the on-campus members share their recent research with the group through assigned readings and paper presentations of new and exciting work in progress; the group holds interactive discussion sessions to complement the research presentations and readings. Graduate students too have had opportunities to present their ongoing work to a wide group of scholars for feedback.

For more information or for special accommodations to attend the event, contact Roberta Marvin at 319-335-2823 or

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Roberta Marvin, 319-335-2823,; Writer: Kent Nguyen