Lorenzo Da Ponte and the Birth of Italian Opera in New York
Celebrating the first contemporary performance of Lorenzo Da Ponte’s The Musical Bee (L’ape musicale) with a series of talks. The schedule is below.
Da Ponte’s final libretto and the first Italian opera conceived and staged in the United States, returns to New York 188 years after its debut – thanks to the invitation extended by Columbia University to Claudio Orazi, superintendent of the Fondazione Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.
This one-day symposium covers a wide range of research on the early days of European opera in the U.S.
Organizers: Francesco Zimei (Istituto Abruzzese di Storia Musicale, L’Aquila - Teramo); Giuseppe Gerbino (Department of Music, Columbia University).
Co-sponsors: Columbia University's Division of Humanities in the Arts & Sciences; Department of Music; Department of Italian
Concert evenings on October 15 & 17,
at 7:30 pm in the Rotunda of Columbia's Low Library:
Performances of Lorenzo Da Ponte's
The Musical Bee (L’ape musicale)
by the Teatro Lirico of the city of Cagliari.
Free and open to the public; tickets here.
Symposium Schedule (subject to change)
9:30 am: Coffee & Registration
Director, Italian Academy, Columbia University
GIORGIO VAN STRATEN
Director, Italian Cultural Institute of New York
Department of Music, Columbia University
Morning Session (10:15am-12:30pm)
BARBARA FAEDDA (10:15am-10:35am)
Columbia University: Lorenzo Da Ponte and the American Cultural Élite
ELAINE SISMAN (10:35am-10:55am)
Columbia University: Don Giovanni’s Trip to the New World
Coffee Break (11:15am-11:30am)
MOLLY NELSON-HABER (11:30am-11:50am)
Independent scholar: “A Bold and Most Costly Experiment”: Manuel García’s Italian Opera Enterprise in New York (1825-1826)
FRANCESCO ZIMEI (11:50am-12:10pm)
Istituto Abruzzese di Storia Musicale, L’Aquila - Teramo: Reconstructing Da Ponte’s L’ape musicale
Afternoon Session (1:30pm-3:45pm)
KAREN AHLQUIST (1:30pm-1:50pm)
George Washington University: Languages of Italian Opera in 19th-century New York
FRANCO SCIANNAMEO (1:50pm-2:10pm)
Carnegie Mellon University: Phil Trajetta and the First “Italian” Opera in New York: Harlequin’s Triumph in War and Love
Coffee Break (2:30pm-2:45pm)
DePaul University: Another Italian in New York: Pietro Maroncelli
Rowan University: From the Italian Opera House to the Met
CLAUDIO ORAZI (3:45pm)
General Manager of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari: An Invitation to the Opera
Image above: "Park Theatre, New York," ca. 1840. Thomas Wakeman (1812-1878) / Museum of the City of New York. 29.100.837A. [The first NY theatre venue for the opera, in 1830.]