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.


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