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Report of Monthly Regular Meeting December 2020 (The 192th Meeting of Opera Research Group)

the meeting report for 12/5

*Comments: There were 17 participants including those from abroad.

Information of Monthly Regular Meeting December 2020 (The 192nd Meeting of Opera Research Group)

Waseda Institute for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (WIROM), Comprehensive Research Organization, Waseda University

Keywords for Opera and Music Theatre

abstract for the Meeting
  • Time and Date: December 5th (Sat.) 16:30-17:30 (JST)
  • Format: Online meeting (Zoom)
  • Presenter: KITAGAWA, Chikako (Associate Professor, Keio University)
  • Title:  Salvatore Sciarrino’s Lohengrin (1982) – The Concept of the “Audible Body”
  • Language: Japanese
  • Chair:   SATO, Suguru
  • Abstract:
    Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947) is one of the most important contemporary composers. He has created a unique acoustic world that is reduced and stylized to the limits of silence and noise through specific instrumental and singing techniques. His opera Lohengrin, for example,is characterized by radical reduction: Elsa is the only, seemingly abysmal figure in this monodrama. Her singing is embodied in elementary physical vocalizations, such as breaths or gurgles. This was clarified by the staging of this opera during the Salzburg Easter Festival 2017 (director: Michael Sturminger). The musical and scenic design achieved a new dimension not hitherto found in the figure of Elsa in Wagner’s Lohengrin.
    Keywords:  Salvatore Sciarrino / Richard Wagner / voice / silence / physicality / staging / monodrama

– Registration is required by December 2 (Wed.). Please write an e-mail with name, affiliation and e-mail address (subject: December Meeting) to:
reikaiuketsuke[at] ( [at] = @)

-The invitation e-mail via zoom will be sent to the registrants at 14:00 on December 5.

Profile of Presenter


Associate Professor at Keio University. As a DAAD scholarship holder, she graduated in 2013 from the Freie Universität Berlin (Institute of Theater Studies), with the dissertation Versuch über Kundry – Facetten einer Figur (Experiment on Kundry – Facets of a Character, published by Peter Lang, 2015). PhD. Her main areas of research include Wagner’s dramatic oeuvre, as well as the staging aesthetics of opera and musical theater. Her current research projects are focused on the analysis of the phenomena of silence and stillness in musical theater, from Wagner to the present

Next meeting

Next meeting will be held on February 6 (Sat.) 2021 (TBD)

・Presenter: Inoue, Tokiko

・Chair: Ogino, Shizuo

Waseda Institute for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (WIROM), Comprehensive Research Organization, Waseda University:

e-mail address: operaken-uketsuke[at] ( [at] = @)

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