The Power of Affections: An International Conference

The Power of Affections: Poetry, Music, and Spectacle in Seventeenth-Century Italian Opera Librettos

Philadelphia, 13-14 November 2014

 

An international conference organized by the Center for Italian Studies and the Music Department of the University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Institute for Music of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy.

[event image]Today, scholars from various disciplines fully recognize the great cultural value of seventeenth century opera librettos and their extraordinary effectiveness in working as a conduit for music and spectacle, contradicting Giovan Mario Crescimbeni's 1700 claim that librettos like Giacinto Andrea Cicognini's Giasone (music by Cavalli) were emblematic of the decline of Italian poetry and of the diminishing power of affections (la forza degli affetti).  The conference will situate these works in relation both to contemporaneous European literatures and to the musical settings and productions for which librettos provide the indispensable launching platform. Another focus will be the lives, careers, and roles of individual librettists, as participating in larger networks of production, circulation and consumption involving patrons, impresarios, composers, set designers, and other agents involved in the business of opera.

Plenary speakers will include Guillaume Bernardi, Mauro Calcagno, Maiko Favaro, Anne-Madeleine Goulet, Barbara Nestola, Giada Viviani, and other scholars.

A concert of seventeenth-century arias by renowned soprano Julianne Baird, http://juliannebaird.camden.rutgers.edu/, will open the conference the evening of November 12.

Call for Papers

We invite scholars of music, literature, theater, spectacle, and the visual arts, as well as practitioners to submit 300-word proposals for twenty-minute papers on any subject related to opera librettos written in Italian (or translated from it) in the seventeenth century.  Send your abstract to Mauro Calcagno, mauroca@sas.upenn.edu, by June 30, 2014.

 

Registration Fee: Professional $100 - Student $70

Closing Dinner: $50

 

Organizing Committee: Fabio Finotti, Mauro Calcagno, Carlo Lanfossi, Marina Della Putta Johnston.

 

An online registration form will be activated shortly.

 

The conference is part of the project The Sung Word between Venice and Paris devoted to the performance of seventeenth-century opera in Italy and France sponsored by the Department of Music at the University of Pennsylvania (Mauro Calcagno), the Drama Studies Program at York University (Guillaume Bernardi), the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, France (Anne-Madeleine Goulet and Barbara Nestola), and the Institute for Music of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy (Gianmario Borio and Giada Viviani).

 

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Date: 
12 November 2014 - 14 November 2014
Time: 
(All day)
Location: 
Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center of Van Pelt Library, 6th floor