The bicentennial calls for a reflection on the cultural interactions stemming from the polarity between Italian and German opera in several European countries as well as in the Americas, with particular emphasis on the reception of this legacy in Latin America, and, especially, in Brazil. This Symposium provides an opportunity for Brazilian and foreign scholars to engage in a dialogue on the historical links and cultural intersections engendered by the lasting impact of Verdi’s and Wagner’s legacy, proposing interdisciplinary studies in opera – including visual arts, theatre, literature, philosophy, history, sociology, and cultural anthropology – in the discussion on the following topics: opera, society, politics, and identity; opera in the context of Italian and German migrations; opera companies, impresarios, and singers; the aesthetic and stylistic impact of Verdian opera and Wagnerian music dramas; the reception of operas by Verdi, Wagner, and their contemporaries; musical and cultural practices: dissemination, transfer, and appropriation; opera as musicodramatic genre and spectacle; opera and performance; opera and set design; opera and ritual; opera, cultural heritage, and collections. Submissions must be sent to no later than May 13, 2013.
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