Conference Programme


Download the Conference Programme.

Operatic Geographies, Urban Identities

18-19 September 2014


Thursday 18th September


1.00-2.00: Registration


2.00-3.30: Session 1: Operatic tales in the 18th – early 19th centuries

Susan Rutherford: chair


The Operatic Geographies of the Novel in Eighteenth-Century France

Downing A. Thomas (University of Iowa)


Tom and Jerry and Don Giovanni; or, Operatic Geography in 1820s London

Jonathan Hicks (King’s College London)


Delirious hopes: Napoleonic Milan and the Rise of Modern Italian Operatic


Emanuele Senici (Università di Roma La Sapienza)


3.30-4.00: Tea


4.00-6.00: Session 2: Opera on tour

Flora Willson: chair/respondent


French Grand Opera: A Tale of Two Cities

Sarah Hibberd (University of Nottingham)


Verdi’s Otello: On the Threshold

Gavin Williams (Jesus College, Cambridge)


L’italiana in Calcutta

Benjamin Walton (University of Cambridge)


Thomas Quinlan’s “All-Red” Opera Tours, 1912 and 1913

Kerry Murphy (University of Melbourne)


Friday 19th September


9.00-11.00: Session 3: Opera houses in the 18th– & 19th-century city

Suzanne Aspden: chair


Building Presence: Opera House Projects in 18th-Century France

Jérôme Brillaud (University of Manchester)


London’s Opera House in the Urban Landscape

Michael Burden (New College, Oxford)


Opera, Cosmopolitanism, and the Carnival Entertainment Package in

Eighteenth-Century Turin

Margaret Butler (University of Florida)


“E’ quella Venezia?”: Opera as Tour-Guide in Nineteenth-Century Italy

Susan Rutherford (University of Manchester)


11.00-11.30: Coffee


11.30-12.30: Session 4: Manipulating the masses

Emanuele Senici: chair


Gianni Schicchi and Tuscan Revivalism

Arman Schwartz (University of Birmingham)


‘Come to the mirror!’ Phantoms of the Opera – Staging the City

Peter Franklin (University of Oxford)


12.30-2.00: Lunch


2.00-3.00: Session 5: Escaping the urban

Sarah Hibberd: chair


Southern French Regionalism and the Importance of the Outdoors

Katharine Ellis (University of Bristol)


Pastoral Retreats: Playing at Arcadia in the Eighteenth and Twentieth


Suzanne Aspden (University of Oxford)


3.00-3.30: Tea


3.30-4.30: Session 6: Configuring modernity

Roger Parker: chair/respondent


Opera, Exhibition Space and the Public Imagination

Klaus van den Berg (University of Tennessee)


High-Rise Opera House: La bohème in Bern

Christopher Morris (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)


4.30-5.00: concluding remarks and discussion