martedì 29 maggio 2018

Library of Congress Washington, mercoledì 30 maggio Defining Italian Cultural Identity in American Urban Centers through Opera from Mass Migration to World War II (1881-1941)

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Kluge Center Director Dr. John Haskell will interview Dr. Davide Ceriani about his project on the role that Italian opera had in forming an Italian-American ethnic identity in American urban centers between the early mass migration period (1881) and World War II (1941). Special emphasis is on the Northeast area, particularly on New York City and the Metropolitan Opera House under the management of Giulio Gatti-Casazza (1908-1935).
Italians who immigrated to America adopted various methods to both elevate themselves in society and challenge the cultural hegemony around them; associating the “Little Italies” with Italian opera proved to be a very powerful, successful strategy to reach those goals because such repertory was both an emblem of Italian culture and one of the most important forms of entertainment for Americans.

This interdisciplinary, multi-lingual research aims to fill a significant gap in immigration history, which at least in the case of Italian-Americans has focused primarily on socioeconomic improvement and only occasionally on the arts; with few exceptions, opera in particular has been ignored.

Presented in collaboration with the European Union Delegation to the United States and The Library of Congress on the occasion of the 2018 European Month of Culture.

ADMISSION: Free, no registration required

LJ-119, Jefferson Building 
Library of Congress
Washington, DC

Davide Ceriani

Davide Ceriani is an Assistant Professor of Musicology in the Department of Music at Rowan University. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Harvard University in May 2011. Dr. Ceriani earned his degree in saxophone at the Conservatory of Bologna in his native Italy in 1999 and his Laurea (cum laude) at the University of Florence in 2003. Before embarking on his graduate studies, he was a visiting student at the University of Saint-Denis, Paris 8 (1997-1998) and at Smith College (2001-2002), and he worked as an intern librarian at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (2000). Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Dr. Ceriani also performed extensively as a saxophone player in Italy, France, and the United States. Prior to working at Rowan, he spent two years (2011-13) as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Music at Columbia University.

Dr. Ceriani’s two main areas of research are the reception of Italian opera in the United States from 1880 until 1940 (with a special focus on how opera defined Italian cultural identity in America during the years of mass migration) and music in Italy during the interwar period (with special focus on the intersection of politics, aesthetics, criticism, and historiography). His writing has been published in Nineteenth-Century Music Review, Journal of Music Criticism, and in various edited collections. He has presented papers at various conferences and institutions in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Ceriani’s research has been supported by Rowan University (Frances R. Lax Fund and Seed Grant), the Society for American Music (Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship), the American Musicological Society (Ora Frishberg Saloman Fund), and the Library of Congress (John W. Kluge Center Fellowship).

Data: Mer 30 Mag 2018

Orario: Dalle 16:00 alle 17:30

Organizzato da : EU Delegation, Library of Congress

Ingresso : Libero

Luogo:Library of Congress