Conference Schedule

Carmen Singer of the World


Wednesday 14 June

9.30am Introduction and welcome

10.30am Tea & Coffee

11am Session 1:

  • Elizabeth Kertesz (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne),
    ‘Barcelona and Spanish visions of Bizet’s Carmen
  • Michael Christoforidis (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne),
    ‘A Question of Serendipity: Carmen and the rise of flamenco in the Belle Epoque’

1pm Workshop: Annabel Arden, ‘Speech and song: exploring the mixed form of Carmen’

2.15-4.30pm Session 2:

  • Lola San Martin Arbide (University of Oxford), ‘Carmen from Etchalar? A Basque Cultural History of Mérimée’s Novella and Bizet’s Opera, 1845-1931’
  • David Cranmer (Universidade Nova de Lisboa),
    Carmen reception in Portugal and Brazil: preliminaries’
  • Paul Rodmell (University of Birmingham),
    Carmen as first seen and heard in Britain’
  • Matthew Franke (Howard University, Washington DC),
    ‘How Carmen became a repertory opera in Italy’, remote presentation.

7pm Cardiff Singer of the World, Saint David’s Hall


Thursday 15 June

10am Session 3:

  • Richard Langham Smith (Royal College of Music),
    ‘Changing Carmen? Reflections on international stagings of France’s most successful opera’
  • Laura Möckli (Universität Bern),
    ‘Carmen’s Second Chance: the first revival of Bizet’s last opera in Vienna and its ensuing German reception 1875-1882’, remote presentation.

11am Tea & Coffee

11.30am Session 4:

  • Danijela Špirić-Beard (Royal Holloway, University of London),
    ‘Locating Carmen in the Balkans: From Petar Konjović’s Koštana (1931) to Goran Bregović’s Karmen with a Happy End (2004)’
  • Kerry Murphy (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne),
    Carmen in Australia: 1879 until WWI’

1.15pm Workshop: In conversation with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

2.30pm Session 5:

  • Michela Niccolai (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Université libre de Bruxelles),
    Carmen dépoussiérée? La reprise à l’Opéra-Comique (1898) dans la mise en scène d’Albert Carré’
  • Clair Rowden (Cardiff University),
    ‘Parodying Carmen in Paris’

3.30pm Tea & Coffee

4-6pm Session 6 plus plenary discussion:

  • Bruno Forment (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Université libre de Bruxelles),
    ‘Reconstituting Carmen at the Théâtre de La Monnaie, 1902’
  • Samuel Llano (University of Manchester),
    ‘Domesticating Carmen in 1920s France: Questions of nationality around the 50th anniversary’

Friday 16 June

10am Session 7:

  • Charlotte Bentley (University of Cambridge),
    ‘The unstoppable march of time: Carmen, and New Orleans in transition’
  • Kristen Turner (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill),
    ‘“Half-wild, self-willed, reckless, and rebellious”: Carmen in America’
  • Tamara Thompson (Royal College of Music/Point Loma Nazarene University, California),
    Carmen in the Wild West’

11.30am Tea & Coffee

12 noon-1pm Final plenary discussion


Attendance of the geographically themed academic conference sessions can be booked via ticketsource at the following costs (plus a booking fee) which include a conference programme, teas/coffees, but no lunches, dinners or competition tickets:
– £30: full conference – two and a half days
– £25: two days – Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 June
– £15: single day – specify either Wednesday 14 or Thursday 15 June