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Performing Arts and Technical Issues in the 19th Century

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International Conference organised by

Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca

Palazzetto Bru Zane – Centre de musique romantique française, Venice

Lucca, Complesso Monumentale di San Micheletto

18-19 October 2019

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9.30-10.15 Welcome and Registration

10.15-10.30 Opening

  • Fulvia Morabito (Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini, Lucca)
  • Étienne Jardin (Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice)


Keynote 1: 10.30-11.30

  • Scott Palmer (University of Leeds), Light, Music and the Arts of the Theatre

Coffee Break

Invited Speaker: 12.00-13.00

  • Michela Niccolai (IHRIM, Université Lyon 2 / LaM, Université Libre de Bruxelles), Ombre, lumière et musique. Le théâtre d’ombres à Paris à la fin de siècle

13.30 Lunch

Keynote 2: 15.00-16.00

  • Catrina Flint (Vanier College, Montréal), From Provence to Montmartre: Setting the Stage for Maurice Bouchor’s Little Wooden Actors

Coffee Break

Staging (I)

(Chair:Michela Niccolai, IHRIM, Lyon2 / LaM, ULB)


  • Manuela Rita (Università ‘La Sapienza’, Roma), Il teatro di Massenet tra «notes de mises en scène» e «disposizioni sceniche»
  • Serena Labruna (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia), I «livrets de mise en scène»: il caso di «Le Cid»
  • Maria Birbili (Universität des Saarlandes), Multimediality, Special Effects, and Precursory Film Techniques in the Staging of French «grand opéra»: The Composer as a Stage Director



(Chair: Catrina Flint, Vanier College, Montréal)


  • Raphaël Bortolotti (Hochschule der Künste Bern), 19th-Century Italian Stage Painting
  • Zharkova Valeriya (Tchaikovsky National Music Academy, Kiev), Principles of Creating a Scenic Image in the Opéra-Comique Theater in the Last Quarter of the Nineteenth Century

Itinerant Companies and Entertainers


  • Vesa Kurkela (Sibelius Academy, Uniarts Helsinki), Itinerant Entertainers around the Baltic Sea: A Case Study from Late 19th-Century Helsinki
  • William Osmond (University of Southampton), Bringing Paris to Amsterdam, Travelling French Singers and Players on the Amsterdam Stage

Coffee Break

Staging (II)

(Chair:Étienne Jardin, Palazzetto Bru Zane)


  • Merle Tjadina Fahrholz (Theater Dortmund),Written to be Staged: How Heinrich Marschner and Wilhelm Wohlbrück Drafted their Opera «Der Templer und die Jüdin» to Be Staged in 19th-Century Germany and What Became of It
  • Veronika Vejvodová (Antonín Dvořák Museum, Prague), Premiere Reconstructed: Dvořák’s Last Opera «Armida» and the Problems of First Staging at the Prague National Theatre, 1904

13.30 Lunch

Theatres, Performance and Technology

(Chair:Fulvia Morabito, Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini)


  • Davide Mingozzi (Università di Bologna), Costume e società a teatro nella Genova di fine Settecento (1772-1797)
  • María Encina Cortizo – Ramón Sobrino (Universidad de Oviedo), Modernity in the Teatro Real in Madrid (1888-1905): New Technical Issues to Light Up the Performances in Relation with the Wagnerian Repertoire
  • Jana Laslavíková (Institute of History of Slovak Academy of Sciences/Institute of Theatre and Film Research ARC of the Slovak Academy of Sciences), Carl Maurer’s Sketchbook and Gustav Wintersteiner’s Watercolor Set as Sources of Stage Practice in the Pressburger Municipal Theatre in the 19thCentury

Coffee Break


  • Yurii Chekan (National Music Academy of Ukraine), Opera in 19th-Century Ukraine: European Experience and its Reception
  • Francesco Bertini (Università ‘La Sapienza’, Roma), Un librettista si dà all’impresariato: Gaetano Rossi a Verona
  • Irene Pasqua (IIS Salvini, Liceo classico ‘Goffredo Mameli’, Roma), La ghironda e l’organico strumentale di accompagnamento dell’azione in scena. Un nuovo paradigma di studio: la sua presenza in opere e balletti dell’Ottocento
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