At this interdisciplinary conference, a range of panelists and featured speakers Jane Brown (Germanics and Comparative Literature, University of Washington) and Wye J. Allanbrook (Emerita, Music, University of California, Berkeley) will discuss recent developments in the history and historiography of Mozart's 1791 Singspiel, Die Zauberflöte. By including perspectives from disciplines outside musicology and engaging critically with over two centuries of productions and adaptations, we hope to destabilize received wisdom about this enduringly perplexing work, as well as to propose new questions that might be asked of Die Zauberflöte as it enters its third century in the operatic repertory.
The conference will also feature screenings of recent and obscure stage productions and film adaptations of Die Zauberflöte, including Lotte Reiniger's 1935 silhouette-film Papageno and the 2006 South African adaptation, Impempe Yomlingo, winner of the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival.
All conference events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is encouraged. For a complete program and registration information, please visit the conference webpage.
conference organizer, "After The Magic Flute"
PhD candidate in Musicology
University of California, Berkeley
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