Report of Monthly Regular Meeting July 2021 (The 196th Meeting of Opera Research Group)
Waseda Institute for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (WIROM), Comprehensive Research Organization, Waseda University
the meeting report for 7/17
＊Comments : There were 28 participants including those from abroad. Lively questions and answers took place.
Presentation Abstract for the Meeting
- Time and Date : July 17th (Sat.) 2021, 16:30-18:00 (JST)
- Format : Online meeting (Zoom)
- Presenter : OSAKI, Sayano (Adjunct researcher at the Waseda Institute for Research in Opera and Music Theatre)
- Title : “The Representation of Foreigners in Goldoni’s Works: Focusing on Works Set in the East”
- Language : Japanese
- Abstract :
The eighteenth-century Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793) wrote in all theatrical genres—comedies, tragicomedies, and libretti for opera buffa, intermezzi, and opera seria. One of the most successful Venetian productions of the eighteenth-century was his tragicomedy La sposa persiana (The Persian Bride), first performed in 1753 and set in Persia, in the East. This success may have been influenced by the popularity of One Thousand and One Nights, translated into French by Antoine Galland (1704-1717) and subsequently into the major European languages, which stimulated interest in the Eastern world. At the same time, however, it is not clear whether the Venetian audience perceived “Persia” or “Persian” as a separate country or people, or whether their perception was more vague: “the Eastern world, the foreigners of the East”.
In his comedy La vedova scaltra (The Cunning Widow), first performed in 1748, Goldoni portrayed each of the four men who proposed to the widow—English, French, Spanish and Italian (although Italy was not yet a nation)—by giving them the characteristics that Venetian audiences would have generally recognized as national characteristics at the time. Does Goldoni, then, give each country or ethnic group in the Eastern world a distinct character? In my presentation, I will examine the characteristics of the Persian, Scythian, and Turkish characters in his plays and operas set in the East, and examine the image of foreigners in the East that the Venetian audience generally seems to have had.
- Profile of Presenter :
Ph.D.(Literature). Special research fields: Italian Theatre and Literature. Sayano Osaki is the author of “Interpreting L’incoronazione di Poppea: Busenello’s Hymn in Praise of the Earthly Life”, Waseda Opera and Music Theatre Studies, No.1 (2018), “Goldoni and Opera Seria: Focusing on Its Relationship with Metastasio’s Works”, Bulletin of the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts, No. 44 (2019), “Martelliano Verse and the Musicality of Theatre: On Goldoni’s Use of Martelliano”, Theatre and Music (Shinwasha, 2020), etc. Part-time lecturer at the University of Tokyo, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo College of Music, Meiji University, Hosei University, and The Open University of Japan.
- Moderator : OGINO, Shizuo
Next meeting will be held on 9th Oct. (Sat.) 2021
Presenter : EGUCHI, Daisuke
Moderator : SATO, Suguru
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