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Flames in the Ice



Flames in the Ice

Flames in the Ice: A Conversation about historical memory and the moral challenges posed by Two Women

Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, the world premiere of Two Women / La Ciociara (2015) raises enduring and complex questions about love, loyalty, and the legacy of war. This opera takes its name from the eponymous Italian novel by Alberto Moravia that was adapted for the screen by Vittorio De Sica, thus making cinematic history when Sophia Loren became the first to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a foreign-language film in 1961. These celebrated works deal with historical episodes of sexual violence that occurred in Italy in 1944. “All it takes is a ray of sun,” one opera character reassures another, “to awaken a flame in the ice…and call things to light.” Four scholars from the University of California, Berkeley (Lenore Kitts, Alexa Koenig, Carla Shapreau, Francesco Spagnolo) will explore why the opera’s daring subject matter remains relevant today, even seventy years later. An ancillary event sponsored by San Francisco Opera. Please register here to attend.


Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Entrance : Free