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Intersections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Opera

27 June 2023, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Music, Orr Recital Room, 8:45–17:00

The specificity of contemporary research trends is leading to a necessary yet dangerous compartmentalisation of knowledge. Whereas discussing particular topics in specialised forums is nowadays more accessible and open than ever, fewer opportunities for interdisciplinary debate seem to be coming to light. However, opera – a genre in which music, words, theatre, dance, costumes, and technology have intersected since its origins – requires interdisciplinary approaches in order for it to be more fully understood.

Our study day aims to contribute to this necessary dialogue by bringing together scholars from various disciplines to discuss opera not only in terms of its various components and diachronic developments, but also, and more importantly, through the combination of historical, analytical, textual, performative, object-related, and computer-based approaches.

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08:45–9:00 Registration and welcome

09:00–10:50 Session 1. Wagnerisms. Moderator: Dr Ana Llorens                                                                                            

10:50–11:05 Coffee break

11:05–11:55 Session 2. Opera and other genres. Moderator: Prof. Iain Fenlon                                                                           

11:55–13:05 Session 3. Embodiments. Moderator: Prof. Álvaro Torrente                                                                                          

13:05–14:00 Lunch break

14:00–16:00 Session 4. Digital encounters. Moderator: Prof. David Trippett                                                                                   

15:50–16:00 Short break

16:00–17:00 Response: Stefano Castelvecchi. Against interdisciplinarity

Convenor: Dr Ana Llorens, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Advisory Committee: Dr Stefano Castelvecchi, Prof David Trippett, Dr Nicola Usula, Dr Emilia Parada-Cabaleiro, Dr Ana Llorens

Sponsors: Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales, Institute of Musical Research, University of Cambridge, European Research Council, ‘DIDONE’ project



The Didone Project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC)
under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme,
Grant agreement No. 788986.