Opera and Popular Culture After 1900
Note: All Events take place in the Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center, Texas Christian University
Friday, February 7
8:00am Registration and Refreshments
8:30am Welcome and Opening Announcements
8:45am Opera and Television I: Highbrow/Lowbrow (Chair: William Gibbons)
"The Universality of Opera in The Simpsons"
"Making Overtures: Opera in Recent Television Commercials"
10:00am Opera and Television 2: Narrative Television (Chair: Katia Lanuza)
"The Operatic Excess of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events"
"Placido Flamingo as Popular Culture: Understanding Opera on Sesame Street"
"The Romantic Nightingale: Jenny Lind in Film"
11:30am Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm Contemporary Perspectives (Chair: Kristen Turner)
"Grand Opera, Musical Brothel: COMUS’s Nightbloom and the Innovation of Canadian Opera"
"Convention, Coloniality and Popular Culture in William Kentridge, The Head & the Load"
Juliana M. Pistorius
"Madama Butterfly in Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture"
2:45pm Opera and Television 3: Televised Opera (Chair: Hye-jung Park)
"Parodies of Race and Genre in George Gershwin’s Televised 135th Street (1953)"
"Television-Operas as Cold-War Entertainment: Walter Felsenstein's Productions of
Fidelio (1956) and Otello (1969)"
4:00pm Keynote Address (Gina Bombola, Moderator)
"Engaging Opera as Popular Culture and Social Justice"
5:00pm Reception for Registered Conference Attendees
7:00pm Yeltsin in Texas!
World Premiere, TCU Opera Studio
(Complementary Ticket Included with Registration)
Saturday, February 8
8:30am Coffee and Light Refreshments
9:00am The Early Twentieth Century (Chair: Stuart Cheney)
"'Fantôme dans la vie': Chaliapin, Ibert, and Pabst's Adventures of Don Quixote"
"Opera in the Silent Cinema: New Findings from Archival Sources"
Kendra Preston Leonard
10:15am Science Fiction (Chair: Jacob Collins)
"Space Opera: Alienation and Colonialism in Sci-Fi Regietheater"
"Space Operas, Opera Spaces, and Musical (In)Humanity in the Star Trek Universe"
"Setting Atwood's Dystopian Sound World in The Handmaid's Tale"
11:45am Roundtable Lunch Conversation (Moderator: Kristen Turner)
1:00pm American Opera in the Early Twentieth Century (Chair: Tim Watkins)
"'Now is the time for the Americanization of Opera': Operatic Fare as Democratizing Social Force on the
Redpath Chautauqua Circuits, 1908–1928"
"Black Opera Singers and White Vaudeville in the Shadow of Jim Crow"
2:15pm Opera in the Digital Age (Chair: Jeongwon Joe)
"Opera at the Movies: Understanding the Impact of the Simulcast Experience"
"Opera Goes Viral, Obviously: Operatic Novelties in the Social Media Assemblage"
3:30pm Closing Discussion
4:00pm Conference Adjourned