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RBC Conference Event: Music on Stage

Following the success of our two previous international conferences, the Third International Conference “Music on Stage” covers three main streams: opera, musical theatre and performance. This year we have twenty-seven papers from seven countries. The conference takes place in the idyllic grounds of Rose Bruford. Preferential rates for delegates have been secured at the neighbouring Holiday Inn, Bexley and the whole conference is supported by offering ten percent hotel discount to all delegates.

Conference dates: October 23-24th
Conference fee : £130.00.
Getting to Rose Bruford College: View the directions page.

For further details please contact Dr F. Jane Schopf at
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Please note: this is the provisional list of papers. A full conference schedule will be made available on this webpage shortly.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr Michael Burden (New College, Oxford): Dean, Reader in Music and Fellow in Opera Studies.

Opera Stream:

Ben Curry (Rose Bruford College): The first aria of Mozart’s Idomeneo: Form, reference and resistance

Jennifer Daniel (Leeds): Opera, ‘operetta’ and the ‘block-busting musical’: Opera North and the contract of generic expectation

Dr Anne Desler (Rose Bruford College): “Nicolini in the Underworld: Fighting Beasts, Old Age and other Monsters”.

Michael Enscot (Trinity College, London): The Original 1877 version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer

Dr Nirmali Fenn (Worcester College, Oxford): Peter Maxwell Davies’s puppet: The dancer of Vesalii Icones

Céline Frigau (Paris): Staging Without a Stage Director at the Théâtre royal Italien

Dr Laura Hamer (Rose Bruford College, Birmingham Conservatoire): The Cunning Little Vixen Ensnared and Emancipated

Riccardo La Spina (Oakley, California): On Strength of Character – Saverio Mercadante and the Development of the Romantic Baritone

Emily Mills (Rochester, New York): Gender and Madness in Nineteenth Century Italian Opera: Verdi’s Madmen

Michael Reynolds (Rose Bruford College): Rearranging the triangle. The staging of L’Ingenu Libertin in Paris in 1907 and the subsequent incorporation of certain of its elements in Der Rosenkavalier in 1911

Charlotte Purkis (University of Winchester): ‘The Immortality of the Hour: creative engagements and mythic construction in the critical reception of Rutland Boughton’s music-drama, 1910-1932…..’

Dr. Vanessa L. Rogers (Rhodes College, USA): Orchestras on Stage in the English Georgian-Era Playhouse

Anette Schafer (Bern) and Laura Möckli (Mainz- Bern): Singers as Actors: Gesture in early nineteenth century Parisian opera and art

Dr Áine Sheil (University of York) and Craig Vear (University of Salford): The Cape Jeremy Affair: towards an understanding of the possibilities of 21st-century opera

Musical Theatre stream:

Dr Siân Adiseshiah (University of Lincoln): ‘“We Said We Wouldn’t Look Back”: Utopia and Nostalgia in Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade’s Salad Days’

Rebecca Applin (Anglia Ruskin): Musical Theatre and Fairy Tale: Considerations

Prof. Paul Barker and Zachery Dunbar (Central School, University of London): Concert music theatre

Ewa Czachorowska-Zygor (Cracow, Poland): A multitude of styles in Adam Walaciński’s theatre music: Peter Shaffer’s The Royal Hunt of the Sun, Juliusz Słowacki’s The Silver Dream of Salomea and Tadeusz Różewicz’s The Trap.

Steve Dykes (Rose Bruford College): The Spoils: the evolution of a musical play

Dr. Falk Hübner (Leiden University, The Netherlands): Entering the stage – musicians as performers in contemporary musical theatre

Dr. Karl Katschthaler (University of Debrecen): Kurtág on Stage? Between Pure Music and Latent Musical Theatre

Prof. Christian Matjias (University of Michigan): Prescribed Bedfellows: Musicality and Recorded Media in Dance

Caroline Wilkins (Brunel University): ‘A sound theater of objects’

Performance stream:

Barry Mitchell (Rose Bruford College): Transforming Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge

Dr. Žak Ozmo (Director of L’Avventura, London): The English Guitar in the Eighteenth-Century Playhouse

Joana Resende (independent scholar and performer): The Double Legacy of Francis Poulenc

Elizabeth Weinfield (New York University): Performance, or Self-Promotion? Giorgione, Watteau, and the Politics of Music Making

A selection of papers from the 2008 conference is to be published in the journal Studies in Musical Theatre, Intellect Press, this summer.

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