CFP: Opera Studies Day

Submission deadline: July 13, 2018

Conference date(s):
July 14, 2018

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Conference Venue:

New Zealand School ofMusic, Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand

Topic areas


Opera is a powerful and capricious art-form which fascinates and challenges scholars from a variety of disciplines, inviting a multitude of scholarly responses. This study day at the New Zealand School of Music seeks contributions exploring many aspects of the ‘exotic and irrational entertainment’. Interdisciplinary approaches - especially from the perspective of philosophy and aesthetics - and presentations from postgraduate students are particularly welcome.

Topics may include, but are not restricted to

* Aesthetics, metaphysics of opera
* Reception studies, performance history
* New opera, the composer’s perspective
* Opera studies and musicology, methodological challenges
* Vocal pedagogy, training opera singers
* Production, direction, dramaturgy, mise-en-scène
* Programming and repertory

* Libretti, sources, translation
* Opera and digital media, opera on screen
* Iconography
* Opera-going as a cultural practice
* Literary responses to opera
* Participation and public engagement
* The singing body

Abstracts/proposals (max. 250 words) are invited for
* formal conference presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions)
* lecture demonstrations/lecture recitals (20 minutes + 10minutes for questions)

Please submit abstracts (as Word .doc or .docx files) to Corrina Connor and Sarah Chesney by 30 April 2018 at

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by 14 May.

Registration is free. We regret that we are unable to offer travel subsidies.

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#Opera, #Aesthetics, #Metaphysics