Between Myth and History
Handel's difficult path to ancient Greece
At this year's symposium, renowned scholars will address the subject of the reception of antiquity in the Baroque era. Greek myth and scenes from Greek history also figured in George Frideric Handel's operas and oratorios. In order to contextualize his own unique approach to antiquity, the symposium will first focus on two cultural regions that were of significance to Handel: Rome and London. Subsequently, specific works from the genres of opera and oratorio will be illuminated more closely.
Prof. Dr. Laurenz Lütteken, Zürich
Griechische Mythologie in Rom um 1700
Prof. Dr. Florian Mehltretter, München
Griechische Antike und englischer Sensualismus
Dr. Ina Knoth, Hamburg
Antike im Oratorium um 1740
(Semele / Hercules)
Mag. Dr. Elena Abbado, Wien
Arianna in Creta und Alcesta
Prof. Dr. Panja Mücke, Mannheim
The symposium is held in German.
The lectures at the Symposium will appear in the Göttinger Händel-Beiträge series of publications.