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September Seminar: Il Trovatore

September 12, 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Thayer Hall at the Colburn School

200 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Program: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Speaker: Simon Williams

Munchies and beverages will be available for purchase from the Colburn Cafe.

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The Opera League is thrilled to present its first in-person seminar since February 2020. Better yet, one of our favorite speakers, Simon Williams, Emeritus Professor of Theater and Dance at UC Santa Barbara, will be back to discuss Verdi's Il Trovatore.

During his lifetime, Il Trovatore was Verdi's most successful opera, both in Italy and internationally. Professor Williams will explore the reasons why this was so, but also why critics, over time, developed reservations about the work. In recent years, however, Il Trovatore has increased in popularity and is now, once again, among the most frequently performed of all of Verdi's works.

Simon Williams sees Il Trovatore as the most thoroughly tragic of all Verdi's operas, and yet, at the same time, it is one of the liveliest and most enjoyable works he wrote. Professor Williams will explain how this is so. He will also relate it to Rigoletto and La Traviata and illustrate his talk with musical examples.


Simon Williams

Simon Williams was a Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance for thirty years. He has taught at universities on four continents, including the University of Regina, of Alberta, Cornell University and, since 1984, UC Santa Barbara. He has published widely in the fields of European continental theatre, the history of acting, Shakespearean performance, and operatic history. His major publications include German Actors of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Greenwood, 1985), Shakespeare on the German Stage, 1586-1914 (Cambridge, 1990), Richard Wagner and Festival Theatre (Greenwood, 1994), and Richard Wagner and the Romantic Hero (Cambridge, 2004). He has contributed numerous articles in his fields of specialty in edited volumes and leading periodicals. He is also an active director and reviewer of opera. His current projects include co-editing A History of the German Theatre for Cambridge University Press and studies of Shakespeare in the eighteenth century and European opera in the nineteenth.

PROOF OF VACCINATION AND MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED. The Colburn School's current policy requires guests to be vaccinated and to wear masks. Guests must present a photo ID along with a vaccination card upon arrival.

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Author: Thomas Lady

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