The performance of opera as musical genre demands specific institutional surroundings in order to provide the means for scenic and musical representation. Indeed, operatic history, ranging from its beginnings in seventeenth-century Venice to today’s globalized opera industry, is intimately bound up with the history of institutions.
This conference aims to gather internationally renowned musicologists whose research focuses on the institutional histories of European opera from the eighteenth to the end of the "long nineteenth century". The intention of the conference is not to understand operatic institutions as locally distinct and isolated organizations, but rather perceive them as part of a transnational operatic network.
The specific design of the conference seeks to bring historical developments and shifts into account, and will lead to a deeper understanding of transnational operatic practices throughout the centuries. In addition, it will facilitate an international scholarly exchange on a complex and multifaceted topic in music history.
Conference papers will cover French, Italian, English and German operatic institutions in Europe from the eighteenth to the "long nineteenth century" and address topics such as:
- Production systems of French, Italian, English and German opera
- Political, legal, economic and sociocultural surroundings influencing the institution of the opera and its international exchange
- Professions in the business of opera (composers, singers, agents, impresari, orchestra musicians, dancers, stage designers, librettists, …)
- Networks of exchange between operatic institutions and their protagonists
Participation in the conference is free of charge. No advance registration is required for those merely attending.