24-25 June 2019, Lisbon
National Theatre of São Carlos
(Lisbon Opera House)
Keynote Speakers : David J. Levin (University of Chicago), Martha Feldman [to be confirmed] (University of Chicago), Paulo Ferreira de Castro (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Program Committee : Jelena Novak (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), João Pedro Cachopo (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Mário Vieira de Carvalho (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
This conference seeks to assess technology’s impact on opera against the backdrop of its relationship to urbanity. The following question will stand at the centre of our discussions: how and to what extent did the development of audio-visual technologies allow for the visibility and audibility of opera beyond the theatre while at the same time encouraging its migration to other spaces? Many disparate practices invite this interrogation: from the live simulcasts that beam productions from opera houses to movie theaters, to the creation of new operas in town squares, train stations, and old factories, not to mention open-air festivals, including the “Festival ao Largo” promoted by the National Theatre of São Carlos.
Despite its widely reputed decline, opera is presently enjoying a moment of surprising vitality. This is true in the fields of reception and production alike, as new forms of staging and creating opera are being experimented with every year. By addressing the link between opera, technology, and the city, this conference will also attempt to draw attention to this very vitality. We hope to stimulate as open an inquiry as possible, encompassing issues of dramaturgy, criticism, spectatorship, remediation, technology, and composition, among others.
We welcome proposals from both scholars and practitioners across disciplines for 20-minute long papers. Please submit your abstract (of up to 250 words) to propera2020 -at- gmail.com no later than April 15, 2019. More info here.
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