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Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today

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An International Conference • New York University
October 9-13, 2013 • Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the Humanities Initiative

As we approach the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), interest in his operas remains undiminished. Verdi’s music continues to travel around the world in live performances and recordings, and new technologies–from the internet to high-definition simulcasts—have made opera accessible to broader audiences. The international conference Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today will bring together scholars, practitioners, and critics at New York University to discuss the circulation and perception of Verdi—and of Italian opera—in today’s world. A principal focus will be how Verdi’s works have been interpreted, imagined, and appropriated.

A keynote lecture will be presented by Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills (Northwestern University). Philip Gossett (University of Chicago), general editor of the Works of Giuseppe Verdi, will deliver a position paper. Speakers and session chairs include over thirty scholars and opera practicioners from the United States and Europe.

Session themes include “Visual Aspects in the Opera House and Beyond,” “Verdi in Production,” “Singers,” “Analyzing Verdi,” “Framing Verdi: Opera and Twenty-First-Century Popular Culture,” “Scores and Editions in Today’s Opera House,” and “Reception, National Identity, and Monuments.”

Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today  is organized by the American Institute for Verdi Studies and hosted by two of NYU’s key organizations: Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò and the Humanities Initiative.  The program committee of Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today includes Suzanne Cusick (New York University), Francesco Izzo (University of Southampton and American Institute for Verdi Studies), Roberta M. Marvin (University of Iowa), Hilary Poriss (Northeastern University), Emilio Sala (University of Milan and Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani), and Mary Ann Smart (University of California, Berkeley).

Support for Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today is provided by the American Institute for Verdi Studies, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, the Humanities Initiative, the Department of Music, and the Office of the Dean for the Humanities.

View the full program here: http://www.nyu.edu/projects/verdi/conferenceprogram.html

Online registration for Verdi’s Third Century: Italian Opera Today is now closed.   In-person registration will open at 5pm on Wednesday, October 9 at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, were the first session of the conference takes place that evening.

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