Opera & Politics Symposium 2018

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23 May 2018

Opera and Politics Symposium 2018: Historicity

23 May 2018, 4pm (+ opera making workshop 12pm in Studio 5)

Trinity Laban Conservatoire - Laban Building, Lecture Theatre

Creekside, London SE8 3DZ


The Opera and Politics symposium, held annually at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, explores the performing voice (singing, speaking, uttering) in socio-political contexts. Theorists and practitioners will be discussing concepts of agency, power and resistance manifested in the voice in a range of performative situations.


The focus this year is on historical perspectives used in contemporary opera-making in connection with current events and discourse. Speakers include librettist Norman Welch on the influence of unfolding current events on opera creation, Susannah Self on her Birmingham-influenced opera Quilt Songs, Rebecca Horrox on her Snowdonian walking opera Teffradot, composer Oliver Brignall on his recent collaboration with librettist Poppy Burton-Morgan in which iconic opera characters meet, Louise Jackson and Guy Harries on collaborative devising practice in educational contexts, and a contextualisation of voice and historicity by Prof Jonathan Owen Clark. 


The symposium day also includes an opera-making workshop, including improvisation and devising text and music in response to recent local history of the area. Open level. Everyone welcome to participate.


Led by Dr Guy Harries and Prof Louise Jackson



12.00 - 15.30 Opera making workshop (with Guy Harries and Louise Jackson, Studio 5

16.00 - 19.00 Presentations and panel discussion, Lecture Theatre


Email the Research Administrator a.kerkhoff@trinitylaban.ac.uk for further information or to book your place.

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