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Feb. 15, 2005

Opera Studies Lecture Series 'From Mozart to Rossini' starts Feb. 17

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Group will launch its spring 2005 lecture series with a discussion of recently discovered engravings of Viennese opera, ballet and plays that have never been investigated. "Newly Identified Engravings of Viennese Opera Scenes (1789-1798)" by David Buch, University of Northern Iowa professor of music history, will be held at 4.30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at 1027 Voxman Music Building, 300 N. Riverside Drive, on the UI campus.

Buch's lecture, the first in a series entitled, "From Mozart to Rossini: A Look at Performance and Reception of Late 18th and 19th Century Operas," will present the sources and identify late 18th century engraved scenes that were published in obscure almanacs and calendars.

The music historian is active in research on music of the 17th and 18th centuries. He has attended the Academia Musical Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and earned his Master of Music and Ph.D. in Music History from Northwestern University. His writings have appeared in several publications including "Acta Musicologica," "Musical Quarterly," "Imago Musicae," and "Cambridge Opera Journal." His upcoming book, "Magic Flutes and Enchanted Forests: Music and the Supernatural in the Eighteenth-Century Theatre," will be published by the University of Chicago Press.

The other lectures in the series are as follows:
(All events are at 4.30 p.m.)

Monday, Feb. 28

"Not of a Nature to be Relished by an English Audience: Reconstructing Some Early English Interpretations of 'Die Zauberflote'"
Rachel Cowgill, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Gerber Lounge, 304 English-Philosophy Building

Friday, Mar. 25

"Conservative Model or an Artwork of the Future? Two Views of Rossini's 'Guillaume Tell' from 1860"
Jesse Rosenberg, Northwestern University
302 Schaffer Hall

Friday, Apr. 15

"'Don Giovanni' at the Feast of All Souls"
Edmund Goehring, University of Notre Dame
Gerber Lounge, 304 English-Philosophy Building

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these lectures, please contact Robert Ketterer at 319-335-2327 or

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Group, which is a program sponsored by 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.

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.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Roberta Marvin, 319-335-0659,; Writer: Po Li Loo