„Poetischer Ausdruck der Seele“: Die Kunst, Verdi zu singen

About This Project

25-26 June 2012
Teesalon and Gustav Mahler-Saal
Wiener Staatsoper, Vienna, Austria


For Giuseppe Verdi, as it is documented in his letters, the search for suitable singers was of utmost importance. When talking about “singing Verdi”, this means for the development of the 19th century’s singing style an increasing level of requirements the singer has to face regarding the mastery of acting with the voice. This conference is dedicated to the art of singing Verdi from a historical as well as a modern point of view, featuring contributions of international scientists, opera practitioners and world-renowned Verdi interpreters. Starting with essential considerations regarding the conventions of opera singing in the first half of the 19th century, Verdi-singing traditions and the paradigm of a “Verdi voice” are questioned and discussed. Furthermore, Verdi’s attitude and the sources of aesthetics and performance practice are highlighted and the challenge of singing and casting Verdi is discussed.

Speakers and contributors

Peter Berné, Bertrand de Billy, Daniel Brandenburg, Sorin Coliban, Ileana Cotrubas, Sieghart Döhring, Anita Hartig, Jürgen Kesting, Christa Ludwig, Elisabeta Marin, Dominique Meyer, Stephan Mösch, Leo Nucci, René Pape, Thomas Seedorf, Emanuele Senici, Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Krassimira Stoyanova, Claudio Toscani, Ramón Vargas

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