Carmen Singer of the World conference

14/06/2017 - 16/06/2017, 9:00 - 17:00


The international public conference Carmen Singer of the World will be held in collaboration with and as part of the fringe events of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, at Cardiff University, 14-16 June 2017. The conference will bring together a group of eighteen academics from across Europe, Australia and the Americas to focus on processes of cultural exchange, and how the most widely performed opera globally – Carmen – was first performed, produced, disseminated, appropriated and received worldwide. Each day will also comprise an open-access public lunchtime event or workshop.


Carmen Singer of the WorldConference Programme (provisional, 5 May 2017)

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.

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 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


Conference Attendance and booking:

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

Specific details of academic conference programming will be available at beginning of June.

All correspondence regarding the conference and workshops only (NOT other BBC Cardiff Singer of the World fringe events) should be sent to

For information and booking for all main programme BBC Cardiff Singer of the World events, please visit or


Carmen Singer of the World is a local collaboration, building on established partnerships with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera (who collaborate with the BBC for Cardiff Singer of the World), to create a truly international, highly prestigious event which, for the first time, will incorporate an academic element.

In addition, partnership extends to both academic and music publishers, as the conference will result in the multi-author book Carmen Abroad co-edited by Dr Clair Rowden (Cardiff University) and Prof. Richard Langham Smith (Royal College of Music). The edited volume will be supplemented by an open-access website of archival materials (both written and visual) and new resources – including video clips of professional practices. Both Langham Smith and Rowden recently published a new vocal score of Carmen with Edition Peters who will be sponsoring the participants in the conference and workshop.

Carmen Singer of the World is sponsored by a Cardiff University International Initiatives grant, Music & Letters Trust and Edition Peters.



Other BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Fringe events held in collaboration with Cardiff University School of Music:

Opera Films at Chapter Arts Centre

Dr Carlo Cenciarelli will be introducing a season of opera-related films screened at Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton.


Screenings include the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera (1951), Amadeus (1984), M Butterfly (1993), the deliciously biting satire on opera in a united Europe Meeting Venus (1991), the French stylish and atmospheric thriller Diva (1981), and Italian director Francesco Rosi’s realist film version of Carmen (1984), starring Julia Migenes-Johnson, Placido Domingo, and Ruggero Raimondi.


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