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Wednesday Talk: March 13, 2024, 2-4 pm – in-person and on Zoom

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March 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Caryl Clark, Faculty of Music, U of T

Title: “Labours of Love: Resurrecting Haydn’s Orfeo

Abstract: In late May 2023, singers from the University of Toronto collaborated with members of the McGill Baroque Orchestra to stage to the North American premiere of Joseph Haydn’s Orpheus opera, L’anima del filosofo / The Soul of the Philosopher. Declared contraband and shut down in rehearsal before its premiere in 1791, the opera lay dormant in East European archives until its premiere in Florence in 1951, with the 27-year-old Maria Callas singing the role of Euridice. In this presentation, producer and musicologist Caryl Clark will discuss the politics behind banning the opera in 1791 London, and the ‘labours of love’ portrayed in the story and in bringing the opera to life. Here is a trailer for the talk:


Bio: Professor Emerita Caryl Clark has recently retired from the Faculty of Music at UofT where she taught for 32 years. Her scholarship focuses on eighteenth-century music, opera studies, and the politics of musical reception. She has edited two volumes on Joseph Haydn for Cambridge University Press and is the author of Haydn’s Jews: Representation and Reception on the Operatic Stage. Her article on Mozart and Le Chevalier de Saint-George in 1777 Paris will appear in the Journal of the Royal Musical Society in spring 2024.

The link to register is https://forms.office.com/r/SDEJE70Gd1

The deadline to register is the Monday before the event at noon.  The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.