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Love to Death: Transforming Opera
Incorporating the Royal Musical Association Annual Conference
31 May - 2 June 2012

The School of Music, Cardiff University hosted an international academic conference, incorporating the annual conference of the Royal Musical Association, at Wales Millennium Centre, the home of Welsh National Opera, in 2012. This conference, in a world-class setting, presented an outstanding opportunity to bring together scholars, musicians and the general public to reflect upon the impact academic research may have in a wider performance and reception context.

The event included Welsh National Opera’s performances of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde and Puccini’s La bohème, and the works of both composers provided major themes for debate.

Welsh National Opera

Photo Credit: Bill Cooper


Papers presented a wide variety of critical and interdisciplinary approaches, focusing on notions of cultural and aesthetic transfer, dealing with the specific themes of musical responses to the operas of Wagner and Puccini, the reciprocal influences of European operatic cultures, ageing and late-style, Celtic legend, performers (historic and contemporary), and opera beyond the opera house.

Watch some behind-the-scenes interviews conducted by PhD student Fleur Bray

Love to Death: Transforming Opera from Cardiff School of Music on Vimeo.


Highlights included:

Public Keynote address: Linda and Michael Hutcheon (University of Toronto):

The 'Germanic Flood': The Ageing Verdi, the young Puccini, and Wagnerism. Event chaired by Professor Joanna Latimer from CAScIOPE (Cardiff University Ageing, Science and Older People), a multi-disciplinary research network spanning many Schools in Cardiff University.

Public Round Table:

Made up of musicians, conductors and academics, this round table session discussed Tristan und Isolde and La bohème, their adaptations and appropriations in modern culture, transferences in performance space, and other unusual modes of performance.

Programme Committee

Dr Clair Rowden (Cardiff University)
Dr David Beard (Cardiff University)
Professor David Wyn Jones (Cardiff University)
Professor Rachel Cowgill (Cardiff University)
Dr Alexandra Wilson (Oxford Brookes University)
Dr Barbara Eichner (Oxford Brookes University)

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