and the Greek World during Nineteenth Century
Greece, 17-19 November 2017
marks for opera in Greece four anniversaries: the centenary since the
passing of Spiros Samaras (1861-1917), the bicentenary
since the birth of two important Greek opera composers, Spiridon Xyndas (1817-1896)
as well as the
150 years since the premiere of the opera O ypopsifios [The
Parliamentary Candidate] (1867,
music by Xyndas and libretto by Ioannis Rinopoulos), which
was both the first full-scale opera in Greek and the pivotal point for
the emergence of opera in Greek language.
The Hellenic Music Research Lab of the Music Department of the Ionian University and Corfu Philharmonic Society on the occasion of the aforementioned anniversaries organize the international conference entitled Opera and the Greek World during Nineteenth Century, which is going to take place in Corfu, Greece, on 17, 18 and 19 November 2017.
Corfu, the seat of the Ionian University, was the birthplace of the three aforementioned composers. The San Giacomo theatre of Corfu, the earliest theatrical stage of the region, hosted opera performances already since 1733, contributing decisively to the dissemination of opera within the Greek world during 19th century. Moreover, Xyndas, Padovas and Samaras presented in the same theatre their operas. Xyndas in 1840 was also one of the initial founders and professors of the Corfu Philharmonic Society and he dedicated to it certain of his operas. Padovas also taught harmony and music theory in the Philharmonic, in 1857 he dedicated to it his opera Dirce and since 1884 he was appointed the Society’s artistic director. Samaras, a student of Xyndas during his early music training, had multiple connections with the Philharmonic Society and had been its honorary artistic director since 1889.
the above, the conference will not be confined solely to the lives and
the works of the aforementioned composers, but it will focus on matters
regarding the place, the reception, the importance and the formative
factors of the operatic activity within the Greek world during the
“long nineteenth century”. With these in mind, some indicative
themes of the conference are proposed to be;
Prof. Panos Vlagopoulos
Professor Avra Xapapadakou