Be not afeard: language, music and cultural memory in the operas of Thomas Adès
Senate House, London 24–25 April 2017
Thomas Adès has drawn attention to the ‘mysterious thing that happens when you set actions to music: a third shape that emerges when something non-visual like a musical score is acted out by people moving on a stage’. This conference will explore Adès’s three operatic shapes of music, text, and performative realisation through the lenses of language and cultural memory.
The event will take place over two days. The first day will focus on analytical approaches to Adès’s operas, and will conclude with a round table on The Exterminating Angel prior to the UK premiere of the opera at the Royal Opera House that evening. The second day will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to Adès’s operas and their broader contexts. Confirmed Speakers: Thomas Adès; Peter William Evans (Queen Mary University of London); and John Roeder (University of British Columbia, Vancouver).
The conference organisers welcome paper proposals (20 minutes maximum, with 10 minutes for questions) for this event. For more details and to submit a paper proposal by 4 pm GMT 16th January 2017, see our Call for Papers.