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Singing Culture: The Italian Language and the Birth of Opera



Singing Culture:  The Italian Language and the Birth of Opera

Part of the 15th Annual Italian Language Week

To illustrate the theme of this year's Italian Language Week, which is "The Italian of Music, the Music of Italian", Kip Cranna from the San Francisco Opera and Marina Romani from UC Berkeley will give a talk about the origins of opera and the cultural and imaginative resonance of the Italian language. From musical references woven into urban landscapes to the use of arias in films, opera has forged a certain idea of Italianness, whether ironic, serious or stereotypical. Because of its wide cultural reach and multimedia and collaborative dimensions, opera is a gateway to approaching specific aspects of the Italian language. During this presentation, the audience will be taken on a linguistic, musical and cultural journey to explore the power of language in performance.This event is part of International Italian Language Week 2015, under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic. About the speakers: Marina Romani, PhD, is a film scholar and musician, trained in piano, Western classical voice, and Afro-Puerto Rican music. Her dissertation is titled “Between Soundtrack and Performance: Music and History in Italian Film Melodrama, 1940-2010”, and her areas of specialization include Italian cinema, the history and politics of performance, and Italian opera. Clifford (Kip) Cranna, Ph.D., is Dramaturg at San Francisco Opera. In 2008 he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s highest honor, and in 2012 he received the Bernard Osher Cultural Award for distinguished efforts to bring excellence to a cultural institution. He lectures and writes frequently on music and teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.Please click here to register for this event.


Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Entrance : Free