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Viva Voce [Zoom Lecture]
Fri, 04/30/2021 - 12:30pm
Bellini's "La Sonnambula" on Video in 1950s Italy
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Viva Voce
Lecture on Zoom
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Dancing Divas
La Sonnambula on Video in 1950s Italy

Emanuele Senici, University of Rome La Sapienza

Respondent: David Forgacs, NYU

Co-sponsored by Medieval and Renaissance Center at NYU

Emanuele Senici (PhD Cornell) is Professor of Musicology and Music History at the University of Rome La Sapienza. His research centres on Italian opera of the long 19th century, on the theory and historiography of opera, especially issues of genre and gender, and on opera on video. Among his publications are ‘La clemenza di Tito’ di Mozart: i primi trent'anni (1791-1821) (Brepols, 1997), The Cambridge Companion to Rossini (Cambridge University Press, 2004, as editor), Landscape and Gender in Italian Opera: The Alpine Virgin from Bellini to Puccini (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Giacomo Puccini and His World (Princeton University Press, 2016, co-edited with Arman Schwartz) and Music in the Present Tense: Rossini's Italian Operas in Their Time (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Prior to joining La Sapienza, Professor Senici was University Lecturer in Music and then Reader in Musicology in the Oxford Faculty of Music as well as Fellow of St. Hugh's College. Since 2009, he has been Visiting Professor in the Music Department of King's College London; in 2006 he was Edward T. Cone Member in Music Studies at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study.

David Forgacs (MPhil Oxford, PhD Scuola Normale Superiore) is the Guido and Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò Chair in Contemporary Italian Studies and Professor of Italian at NYU. A specialist of cultural history, media and politics in contemporary Italy, cinema and photography, he is the author of numerous books, including Italian Culture in the Industrial Era, 1880-1980: Cultural Industries, Politics and the Public (Manchester University Press, 1990), Mass Culture and Italian Society from Fascism to the Cold War (with Stephen Gundle, Indiana University Press, 2007), Italy’s Margins: Social Exclusion and Nation Formation since 1861 (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and, most recently, Messaggi di sangue. La violenza nella storia d'Italia (Laterza, 2021).


Organized by Prof. Eugenio Refini, Viva Voce is a series of events – conversations, talks, book discussions – that address the intersections of voice, performance and the mechanisms of reception. Featuring specialists from different fields, these interdisciplinary events aim to bridge across research, teaching, and public outreach.