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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Venice Public Lecture - Venice and Opera

7th December 2009, 18:15 to 19:15, Room 201, Elvet Riverside, Professor Jeremy Dibble (Durham University)

Professor Dibble will speak of the musical representation of Venice as a symbol of scorn and corruption, exploring such operas as Ponchielli's 'La Gioconda'.

Jeremy Dibble is a Professor of Music at Durham University with research specialisms in British and Irish music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including composer studies, musical criticism and aesthetics, hymnology, instrumental music, and opera. His publications include 'C. Hubert H. Parry: His Life and Music' (revised 1998) and 'Charles Villiers Stanford: Man and Musician' (2002).

"This Strange Dream Upon the Water"

As Charles Dickens's description reminds us, Venice has always allured the cultural imagination. Rising out of the sea, to which its symbolic marriage was signalled by the Doge's annual casting of a ring into the lagoon, it is like no other human settlement in its physical make-up. Even now funeral corteges and furniture removals travel down canals rather than roads; as visitors step in and out of vaporetti, they seem to be moving in and out of pictorial spaces. The city brings dwelling, history, aesthetics, and commerce into intimate connection with water.

This lecture series will focus on the city's representation in painting, music and literature since 1800.

This is the fourth lecture in the 'Venice and the Cultural Imagination' public lecture series.

The image above is of a painting called 'The Bucintoro Returning To The Molo' by Giovanni Antonio Canal (called Canaletto) which belongs to and is supplied courtesy of the Bowes Musuem in County Durham.


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