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Performing Voices: Between Embodiment and Mediation

December 04, 2009

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This conference addressed the conundrum of vocal performance in past and present musical practices, providing a platform of confrontation and discussion by bringing together an international group of historians and philosophers of science, musicologists and stage directors.  Central to the conference was a concert by Anna Caterina Antonacci, one of today’s most prominent and versatile sopranos, accompanied by pianist Donald Sulzen, followed by a biographical interview on her training and career. The combination of performances and scholarly debate allowed the participants to shed new light on the various forms of embodiment and mediation of singing voices in different historical periods, and to discuss the role of the observational and experimental techniques developed for the study of singing.

The conference took place in the Villa Aurelia, Largo di Porta di San Pancrazio, 1.


Anna Caterina Antonacci (Soprano Opera Singer, Paris), Martin Brody (American Academy, Rome, Italy), Lorraine Daston (MPIWG), Juliette Deschamps (Compagnie La Scène du Crime, Paris), Martha Feldman (University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.), Bonnie Gordon (University of Virginia, U.S.A.), Philip Gossett (University of Chicago, U.S.A.), Sebastian Klotz (Universität Leipzig, Germany), Julia Kursell (MPIWG), Macha Makeïeff (Compagnie Deschamps&Makeïeff, France), Andreas Mayer (MPIWG), Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (MPIWG), Benjamin Steege (State University of New York at Stony Brook, U.S.A.), Donald Sulzen (Pianist, Konservatorium München, Germany)


Martin Brody (Andrew Heiskell Arts Director American Academy in Rome)
Julia Kursell (Research Scholar Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)
Andreas Mayer (Research Scholar Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)


American Academy in Rome

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