Comic opera and society in France and Northern Europe, ca. 1760–1790

Project Details

Description

The Academy Research Fellow project 'Comic opera and society in France and Northern Europe, ca. 1760–1790' examines the importance of opera for collective identities, political participation and opinion. It shows the role of music as a critical medium in societies with unequally achieved literacy. The key argument is that by uniting popular tradition with universal themes and cosmopolitan taste, French comic opera attained broad audiences all over Europe and contributed to the vulgarisation of significant political ideals, representations and concepts. By emphasising opera as a place of debate and sociability, the research brings a new dimension to the history of the public sphere. The research uses the methods of cultural and intellectual history. Its main sources are libretti and scores, reviews, correspondence and memoirs. The site of research is the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki. The funding period is 1.9.2013–31.8.2018.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/09/201331/08/2018

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • 6122 Literature studies

Research Output

‘Un admirateur des philosophes modernes’: the networks of Swedish ambassador Gustav Philip Creutz in Paris, 1766-1783

Wolff, C., Jun 2019, Networks of Enlightenment: Digital Approaches to the Republic of Letters. Edmondson, C. & Edelstein, D. (eds.). Liverpool & Oxford: Liverpool University Press, p. 173-200 28 p. (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment; vol. 2019:6).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Introduction

Beaurepaire, P-Y. & Wolff, C., 2018, Moving Scenes: The Circulation of Music and Theatre in Europe, 1700–1815. Beaurepaire, P-Y., Bourdin, P. & Wolff, C. (eds.). Oxford: University of Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, p. 1–7 7 p. (Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment; vol. 2018:2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Lyrical diplomacy: Count Gustav Philip Creutz (1731-1785) and the opera

Wolff, C., 2018, Moving Scenes: The Circulation of Music and Theatre in Europe, 1700–1815. Beaurepaire, P-Y., Bourdin, P. & Wolff, C. (eds.). Oxford: University of Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, p. 143–156 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Activities

  • 7 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 4 Academic visit to other institution
  • 1 Oral presentation

Harvard University Houghton Library

Charlotta Wolff (Visiting researcher)

20 Feb 201724 Feb 2017

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Från aria till opinion. Operans kulturhistoria i 1700-talets Skandinavien

Charlotta Wolff (Speaker)

31 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Histoire sociale des spectacles

Charlotta Wolff (Speaker: Keynote)

13 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars