Series of Conversations
Opera Studies Research Line
Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music
In pandemic times, one feels like saying: it was “resvés opera” (the Portuguese word “resvés” connotes a perilous situation in which disaster is avoided by a hair’s breadth). And that’s exactly what this series of conversations is all about: dangers and thresholds, turns and alliances, metamorphoses and transgressions.
Despite the upheaval and uncertainty, the vitality of the operatic genre seems unquestionable today. Perhaps because, in more than one sense – and right from the start with regard to its concept and its existence – opera has always happened in extremis.
In choosing this title for this series of conversations, we seek to highlight the play, which has always existed and currently intensifies in countless directions, between opera, theatre, music, dance, performance, installation, architecture, cinema, video and multimedia arts.
Each meeting will focus on a particular event or object (a production, a recording, a book, an edition, an installation), which will serve as a motto for a conversation, involving artists, composers, performers, stage directors, filmmakers, programmers or musicologists.
Organized within the scope of CESEM’s Opera Studies Research Line, these meetings will take place, throughout the 2020/21 academic year, on digital platforms.