Judaism in Opera

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15-16 April 2015
Opera Gent/University of Antwerp/Opera Antwerpen


On the occasion of the premiere of Jacques Fromental Halévy’s La Juive (directed by Peter Konwitschny) at Opera Gent, the European Academy of Music Theatre, the Opera Vlaanderen and the Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp, are organising the international conference Judaism in Opera on 15 and 16 April 2015 in Ghent and Antwerp. Contributions by internationally renowned researchers and distinguished practitioners of music theatre will explore the question of how Jewish culture influenced history and reception of opera from various points of view. To contextualise the issues of dealing with Jewish topics, biblical subjects, and concepts of “staging Judaism”, another focal point will be on the work of Jewish operatic artists and the relevance of their cultural background to their accomplishments. 5 MBJudaism in Opera Programme

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