Singing Culture: The Italian Language and the Birth of Opera

Oct 17, 2015 912

Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Time: 6:30 PM. Location: IIC (Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite F, San Francisco) Organized by: IIC

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.

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