Revitalising Early Twentieth-Century German Opera

Published: Monday 1 September 2014
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Prince Philip Room, RSA House, 8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ

Wednesday 17 September 2014

This is a one-day early career networking event sponsored by the British Academy. Its aim is to bring together scholars and practitioners with research interests in the field of German opera from c.1900-1935. Particular attention will be given to historiographical problems and staging issues (past and present) relating to the works of key operatic composers of the period, including Korngold, Pfitzner, Schreker, and Strauss. There will also be a session devoted to Schoenberg’s ‘unfinished masterpiece’ Moses und Aron, in light of its recent WNO revival.

Registration is free of charge and includes lunch and refreshments, but places are limited. If you are interested in attending, and for further details, please contact Nicholas Attfield (Brunel University) at by no later than 8 September 2014. Travel expenses within the UK will be considered for early career scholars and postgraduate students who wish to attend.


9:30am        Registration begins

10:00am    Introduction
        Nick Attfield (Brunel University)

10:15am    Panel 1
        Chair: Hugo Shirley
Ben Winters (Open University), ‘“Venedig in Wien”? Korngold’s Violanta and the Masking of Identities’
Roger Allen (University of Oxford), ‘A kind of musical Oswald Spengler?: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pfitzner’s Palestrina and the Decline of the West’
Mark Berry (Royal Holloway), ‘Representation and Modernism in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron’
Philip White (Bayreuther Festspiele), ‘Schoenberg’s Moses als Wille und Vorstellung: the Practicalities of Realisation’

12:15pm    Refreshments

12:30pm    Janine Ortiz (Staatsschauspiel Dresden), ‘Staging Schreker’s Operas’

1:00pm        Lunch (Romney Room)

2:00pm        Panel 2
        Chair: Mark Berry

Hugo Shirley (Oxford Brookes), ‘Fixing Time: Nostalgia and the City in Der Rosenkavalier’
Matthew Werley (University of Cambridge), ‘“Wirbelwind und trocknen Kot”: Richard Strauss and the Discourse of Austrian Interwar Festival Culture’
Marc Brooks (University of Vienna), ‘Return to Monsalvat: Strauss’s “Re-sacralization” of the Grail Music from Parsifal in the Final Scene of Arabella’
Carolin Rindfleisch (University of Oxford), ‘Instrumental forms in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck: Between music and drama, structure and metaphor’
4:00pm        Refreshments

4:15pm    Keynote address: Peter Franklin (University of Oxford), ‘Lowering the operatic brow? Big tunes, catastrophes, crowd scenes and windows’

5:00pm        Drinks reception

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