Nordic Network For Early Opera

invites to international conference on Francesco Cavalli:

"Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne" and 17th-Century Concepts of Character

FEBRUARY 23-24, 2014

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1463 København K

"Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne" and Concepts of Character

International Cavalli Conference in Copenhagen

The Nordic Network for Early Opera and the Stockholm-based research group Performing Premodernity jointly host an international seminar on centring on the opera "Gli amori d’Apollo e di Dafne" (1640) by Gian Francesco Busenello and Pier Francesco Cavalli. The seminar takes place in conjunction with the Scandinavian premiere of the opera, at Copenhagen’s historical Court Theatre from 1767 (Teatermuseet i Hofteatret).

The production of the opera is directed by a member of the research group, theatre scholar Magnus Tessing Schneider, and takes as its point of departure a reconstruction of the doubling plan from the Venetian world premiere in Venice, in which the 25 characters were arguably sung by no more than eight singers. Most notably, the leading tenor is required to represent five characters and the leading soprano three characters. The practice of doubling is related to various technical, aesthetical and hermeneutical issues that are united by their relevance to the understanding of seventeenth-century concepts of scenic character.

The papers will focus on the following issues:

• the historical use of costumes, props, makeup and other stage practices;

• the ‘star system’ of seventeenth-century Italian opera;

• singing and acting techniques in relation to rhetorical and humoural theories of the emotions;

• the ideal of the ‘wondrous’ obtained through vocal and scenic contrast and transformation;

• the theatricality and various functions of allegorical dramaturgy;

• aspects of parody, reversal and intertextuality;

• historical understandings of dreams, imagination and the subconscious.

• Nicola Badolato - Associate Professor, Dpt. for Musicology and Musical Heritage, Università di Bologna (it)
• Dinko Fabris - Professor, Dpt. for Musicology, Università della Basilicata, Potenza (it)
• Ulla Kallenbach - PhD scholar, Dpt. for Performance Studies, Københavns Universitet (dk)
• Jean-Francois Lattarico - Professor, Dpt. for Romance Languages and Literatures, Université Lyon Jean Moulin (fr)
• Olivier Lexa - Director of the Venetian Centre for Baroque Music (fr/it)
• Willmar Sauter - Professor, Dpt. for Performance Studies, Stockholms Universitet (se)
• Magnus Tessing Schneider - Postdoctoral Fellow, Dpt. for Performance Studies, Stockholm University (dk/se)


SATURDAY 22 February

16.00: Opera @ Hofteatret: “Apollo og Daphnes kærlighed”
19.30: Dinner for speakers

SUNDAY 23 February

Moderator: Magnus Tessing Schneider
09.30: Registration and coffee
10.00-11.00: Olivier Lexa: "Cavalli Turns towards Opera: The Implementation of a System, 1638-1640"
11.00: Coffee break
11.30-12.30: Jean-Francois Lattarico: "Busenello satirico: New Sources for Apollo e Dafne"
12.30-14.00: Lunch
14.00-15.00: Nicola Badolato: “Gli amori d’Apollo, e di Dafne in Literature, Art and Myth”
15.00: Coffee break
15.30-16.30: Dinko Fabris: “Love and Lovers as Characters in Early Venetian Operas”
16.30-17.00: Roundtable discussion
19.30: Dinner for speakers

MONDAY 24 February

Moderator: Mark Tatlow
09.30: Registration and coffee
10.00-11.00: Magnus Tessing Schneider: “The Poet and the Nun: Role Doubling and Petrarchan Allegory in Gli amori d’Apollo, e di Dafne”
11.00: Coffee break
11.30-12.30: Ulla Kallenbach: "Conceptualising Imagination in the Early Modern Period"
12.30-14.00: Lunch
14.00-15.00: Willmar Sauter: "Apollo, Daphne and I – The Performer and the Performed, or: Why Daphne Prefers to Sing"
15.00: Coffee break
15.30-17.00: Roundtable discussion
17.30: Dinner for speakers
19.30 Opera @ Hofteatret: “Apollo og Daphnes kærlighed”

Arranged by Nordic Network for Early Opera? in collaboration with Stockholm University and the Swedish research project “Performing Premodernity”

Registration: Send email to:

Fee: 100 dkk/day excl. meals and opera tickets