Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

International Symposium: “Non-Nationalist” Russian Opera

School of Music, University of Leeds

The Symposium

The School of Music is proud to host this event, together with the UK and European première of the first act of Taneyev’s opera Oresteia. We are delighted to have Vladimir Ashkenazy and Steven Isserlis as the patrons of the première.

The rise of nationalism in nineteenth-century Russian opera completely eclipsed the works of composers who did not actively engage in nationalist discourse, or whose operas did not display particular Russian musical style. Such are Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia, Anton Arensky’s Rafael, as well as a number of works by César Cui, Anton Rubinstein, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, and others. This symposium will address the “other” side of Russian opera as represented by stage works that cannot so readily be subsumed under the theme of national identity.

The keynote presentations will be given by Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley, USA) and Marina Frolova-Walker (University of Cambridge, UK).

Please follow the links below for the conference programme, abstracts, booking form, and other relevant documentation. For additional information please email Dr Anastasia Belina

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