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Sept. 15, 2006

Lecture Series Debuts With Operatic Voice In Film Sept. 29

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Group lecture series opens this fall with a lecture from JeongWon Joe titled, "Sight and Sound of the Operatic Voice in Film," at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 in the UI Adler Journalism Building (AJB), Room E105. The lecture is a joint event with the UI Sound Research Seminar.

Joe will draw on major theories about voice in general, and why cinema promotes "neo-lyricism" in opera criticism. She will discuss Wong Kar-Wai's "2046" (2004), in which the main opera excerpt serves as the sonic image of the heroine's loss of speech, and Werner Schroeter's "The Death of Maria Malibran" (1971), which exploits the image-sound split to represent the operatic voice as an ineffable longing for the lost plenitude.

Joe is an assistant professor of musicology at the University of Cincinnati. She is co-editor of "Between Opera and Cinema" (Routledge, 2002) and an associate editor of "The Journal of Film Music." Her current projects include a monograph, "Opera as Soundtrack," and the collection "Wagner and Cinema" which she is co-editing with Sander Gilman. In addition to scholarly work, she has collaborated in artistic projects, most recently as a music consultant for Chanwook Park, director of Old Boy, which won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

This lecture is co-sponsored by The Opera Studies Group, UI International Programs and the UI Sound Research Seminar. For more information on the series or special accommodations to attend any of the lectures, contact Katherine Eberle, Opera Studies Group co-director, at 319-335-1675 or

The University of Iowa 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. For more information, visit:

International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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: Katherine Eberle, 319-335-1675; Writer: Erin Vaughn.

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