115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Librettology and Opera Studies

Session Chair: 
Katherine Kinney, University of California, Riverside
Session 5: Saturday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 203


  1. LynleyShimat Renée Lys, University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa
    This paper examines opera as a formal element of Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita, which incorporates elements from Goethe’s Faust and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, based on Pushkin’s lyric novel. Bulgakov structures his novel around operatic elements, including the aria, heightened lyrical forms of dialogue, choral and orchestral structures, and the timbre of characters' voices.
  2. Andrew Warren, University of Toronto (Canada)
    This paper examines Heine’s influence on Wagner's operatic depiction of the Middle Ages. In particular, I examine the ways in which Heine’s emphasis on the tensions produced between medieval Christian spiritualism and pre-Christian pagan sensualism in the Middle Ages find their way into Wagner’s work.
  3. William Germano, Cooper Union
    This paper will consider the function of madness in operatic Hamlets from the early eighteenth century to the present, the musical-dramatic choices made by composers and their poet-librettists, and the extent to which operatic syntax and texture may expand the nature of our response not only to these operatic works but to the play itself.
Session Cancelled: