Flammable Materials: Fire and the Operatic Canon - Dr. Flora Willson
12/12/2018 - 12/12/2018
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Old McMordie Hall
Free – all are welcome
Dr. Flora Willson
Fires have long been a part of opera, often featuring as a crisis or hiatus in institutional chronicles. But what if we consider their potential to shape the development of the art form and its epistemology? This talk will consider two late-19th-century operatic conflagrations – at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1892 and the Paris Opéra’s storage warehouse in 1894 – to investigate the impact of such accidents on operatic historiography in general, and on the ongoing emergence of an operatic canon in particular.
Flora Willson is a Lecturer in Music at King’s College London, where her teaching and research focuses on nineteenth-century music and urban history. She has published in journals including Cambridge Opera Journal, 19th-Century Music, Opera Quarterly and Music & Letters as well as in various essay collections. She is currently writing a book about operatic networks in Paris, London and New York during the 1890s.