Opera and Society
College of Fine Arts
April 18-19, 2008
The Marshall Room
Friday, April 18, 2008
- 9:00 - 9:30 registration
- 9:30 - 10:00 welcome
- Walt C. Meissner, Dean, Ad Interim & Assoc Dean, College of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, Boston University
- André de Quadros, Director, School of Music, College of Fine Arts, Boston University
- 10:00 - 12:00 session 1 - Early Opera
- Cynthia Verba: "Rameau as 'Conservative Progressive': Cultural Expectations and Musical Tragedy in the French Enlightenment"
- musical interlude: Lydia Brotherton and friends
- Lydia Brotherton, soprano
- Tatiana Daubek, violin
- Leon Schelhase, harpsichord
- Zoe Weiss, violoncello
- Martin Pearlman: "Performing Baroque Opera Today: issues in Monteverdi and Handel"
- 12:00 - 1:30 lunch break
- 1:30 - 4:15 session 2 - Mozart, Paisiello and Beaumarchais
- John Platoff: "Mozart writes a sequel: 'Figaro,' Paisiello's 'Il barbiere di Siviglia,' and Operatic Life in Vienna"
- Sidney Friedman: "Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais: Playwright, Harpist and Clockmaker"
- musical / dramatic interlude: Mark S. Cohen, faculty, Boston University School of Theater, James Demler and Allison Voth, faculty, Boston University School of Music
- Deborah Burton: "In his shoes: The Marriage of Figaro and the Movies"
- 6:00 - 9:00 banquet at The Castle, 225 Bay State Road
Saturday, April 19, 2008
- 9:00 - 9:15 registration:
- 9:15 greeting: Victor Coelho, Associsate Provost, Undergraduate Education, College of Fine Arts, Boston University
- 9:30 - 12:15 session 3 - Rossini and his time
- Patricia Brauner: "Fiasco! Fallacies, Facts, and the New Critical Edition of Il barbiere di Siviglia."
- Helen Greenwald: "Rossini on the Road: Barbiere, Beethoven, Belloy, and Vienna"
- Hilary Poriss: "The Myth of a Lost Original in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia"
- 12:15 - 1:45 lunch break
- 1:45 - 5:30 session 4 - Later Opera
- John A. Davis: "Politics & Melodrama: Opera and the Italian Risorgimento"
- Gottfried Wagner: "The Wagner Salvation, Inc. - from Richard Wagner to Hitler and New Bayreuth's Philosemitism"
- Composer's round table: Sam Headrick, John Musto, Peter Westergaard, Scott Wheeler
- 5:30-6:30 reception
- 7:30 performance of Il Barbiere di Siviglia,
BU Opera Institute at the BU Theater
This program made possible through a generous grant from The Humanities Foundation.