Staging Operatic Anniversaries

10 September 2013

A one day conference organised by the Oxford Brookes University opera research unit (OBERTO).

2013 is a year of important operatic anniversaries. While conferences and performances are being organised worldwide to celebrate the music of Verdi, Wagner and Britten, we wish to consider the question of how operatic anniversaries are themselves commemorated, in keeping with the historiographical focus of past OBERTO conferences.

The 'Staging Operatic Anniversaries' conference, to be held at Oxford Brookes University on 10 September 2013, will address how composers, operas and operatic institutions are memorialised in anniversary years and the different ways in which such commemorations can be considered to be performative: an act of 'staging'.

To book a place at the conference, please contact Alexandra Wilson.


9.30am Registration (Welcome at 9.45)
10.00-11.00Session 1 : Institutional politics (Chair Francesca Vella)
Giuseppe Montemagno (Catania): 'From Oberto to Falstaff: Staging Verdi at La Scala in 2013'
Marianne Betz (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig): '1913-2013 – The centennial of an unperformed opera: George Whitefield Chadwick’s The Padrone'
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30-12.30 Session 2 : Shifting memorialisation (Chair Adeline Mueller)
Corrina Connor (Oxford Brookes University): 'No large bills or small change? Four twentieth-century Johann Strauss anniversaries'
Erik Levi (RHUL): 'How Germany and Austria marked the Mozart anniversaries in 1931 and 1941'
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.15 Session 3 : Wagner reading Wagner
Jamie McGregor (Rhodes University): '"Wagner reading Wagner" – a bicentenary celebration'
2.15-2.30 Short break
2.30-4.00 Session 4 : Monumentalisation and commemoration (Chair Peter Franklin)
Matthew Werley (University of Cambridge): 'Reflecting Wagner's Aesthetic State/Stadt: Historicism, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the Paradoxes of Observance'
Mark Berry (RHUL): 'From Bayreuth to Leipzig: Wagner returning home for his 200th anniversary'
Hugo Shirley (Oxford Brookes University): 'Placing Anniversaries'
4.00-4.30 Tea break
4.30-5.30 Group discussion : (Chair Alexandra Wilson)

Conference organisers: Alexandra Wilson, Barbara Eichner and Hugo Shirley

OBERTO: Oxford Brookes – Exploring Research Trends in Opera


Opera Research Unit (OBERTO)

School of Arts
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP

Dr Alexandra Wilson