Revitalising Early Twentieth-Century German Opera with Nicholas Attfield at the British Academy


Revitalising Early Twentieth-Century German Opera

Prince Philip Room, RSA House,

8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ

Wednesday 17 September 2014, 9:30am-6pm

This is a one-day early career networking event sponsored by the British Academy. Its aim is to bring together scholars and practitioners with research interests in the field of German opera from c.1900-1935. Particular attention will be given to historiographical problems and staging issues (past and present) relating to the works of key operatic composers of the period, including Korngold, Pfitzner, Schreker, and Strauss. There will also be a session devoted to Schoenberg’s ‘unfinished masterpiece’ Moses und Aron, in light of its current WNO revival.

Registration is free of charge and includes lunch and refreshments, but places are limited. If you are interested in attending, and for further details, please contact Nicholas Attfield (Brunel University) at by no later than 8 September 2014. Travel expenses within the UK will be considered for early career scholars and postgraduate students who wish to attend.


9:30am Registration begins

10:00am Introduction

Nick Attfield (Brunel University)

10:15am Panel 1

Chair: Hugo Shirley

Ben Winters (Open University), ‘“Venedig in Wien”? Korngold’s Violanta and the Masking of Identities’

Roger Allen (University of Oxford), ‘A kind of musical Oswald Spengler?: Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pfitzner’s Palestrina and the Decline of the West

Mark Berry (Royal Holloway), ‘Representation and Modernism in Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron

Philip White (Bayreuther Festspiele), ‘Schoenberg’s Moses als Wille und Vorstellung: the Practicalities of Realisation’

12:15pm Refreshments

12:30pm Janine Ortiz (Staatsschauspiel Dresden), ‘Staging Schreker’s Operas’

1:00pm Lunch (Romney Room)

2:00pm Panel 2

Chair: Mark Berry 

Hugo Shirley (Oxford Brookes), ‘Fixing Time: Nostalgia and the City in Der Rosenkavalier

Matthew Werley (University of Cambridge), ‘“Wirbelwind und trocknen Kot”: Richard Strauss and the Discourse of Austrian Interwar Festival Culture’

Marc Brooks (University of Vienna), ‘Return to Monsalvat: Strauss’s “Re-sacralization” of the Grail Music from Parsifal in the Final Scene of Arabella

Carolin Rindfleisch (University of Oxford), ‘Instrumental forms in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck: Between music and drama, structure and metaphor’

4:00pm Refreshments

4:15pm Keynote address: Peter Franklin (University of Oxford), ‘Lowering the operatic brow? Big tunes, catastrophes, crowd scenes and windows’

5:00pm Drinks reception



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