September 9–19, 2021

Cancelled | Symposium: Opera as a business

Handel’s opera aesthetics and the premises of the Enlightenment

Since the Göttingen performance of Rodelinde 100 years ago, Handel’s operas have gradually become an established part of the repertoire in international opera. For the Festival anniversary, the symposium focusses on the genre that was so important to Handel. He wrote his 42 operas in the years 1704 to 1740 for Hamburg, Florence, Venice, and above all London. Lectures by internationally renowned Handel experts will examine individual aspects of Handel’s opera aesthetics and explore the question of whether a ‘Handel opera’ even exists in a European context. What aspects of the increasingly commercialised opera practice – especially in London – were determined by the composer himself, and what were the traditions and prerequisites that he had to deal with?
The symposium is held in German.

The venue is barrier-free. For further information on Festival venue accessibility. Please see the overview.

Prof. Dr. Laurenz Lütteken Zürich
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandberger Lübeck
Prof. Dr. Matthew Gardner Tübingen
Prof. Dr. Panja Mücke Mannheim
Prof. Dr. Thomas Seedorf Karlsruhe

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