Opera studies day conference (Wellington, 14 July 2018): call for papers closes 30 April 2018)

New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī

Victoria University of Wellington

Opera Studies Day

Saturday 14 July 2018, Adam Concert Room

Opera is a powerful and capricious art-form which fascinates and challenges scholars from a variety of disciplines, inviting a multitude of scholarly responses.  This study day at the New Zealand School of Music seeks contributions exploring many aspects of the ‘exotic and irrational entertainment’. Interdisciplinary approaches and presentations from postgraduate students are particularly welcome.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to

  • Reception studies, performance history
  • New opera, the composer’s perspective
  • Opera studies and musicology, methodological challenges
  • Vocal pedagogy, training opera singers
  • Production, direction, dramaturgy, mise-en-scène
  • Programming and repertory
  • Libretti, sources, translation
  • Opera and digital media, opera on screen
  • Iconography
  • Opera-going as a cultural practice
  • Literary responses to opera
  • Participation and public engagement
  • The singing body

We invite abstracts/proposals (max. 250 words) for

  • formal conference presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions)
  • lecture demonstrations/lecture recitals (20 minutes + 10minutes for questions)

Please submit abstracts (as Word .doc or .docx files) to Corrina Connor and Sarah Chesney by 30 April 2018 at operastudiesday2018@gmail.com

We will notify applicants of the outcome of their submission by 14 May.

Registration is free. We regret that we are unable to offer travel subsidies.

Conference information is also available on the Victoria University website: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/nzsm/about/events/2018-events/opera-studies-day