Lecture: Of Cold Hands, Blind Eyes, and White Hair: Physical and Psychological Aging in the Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

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April 2 (Monday) 6:30 pm. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò - New York University - 24 West 12th Street, Manhattan. Lecture: Of Cold Hands, Blind Eyes, and White Hair: Physical and Psychological Aging in the Operas of Giuseppe Verdi. 

Francesco Izzo, University of Southampton, co-director of the American Institute for Verdi Studies at NYU, explores the theme of old age in Verdi's operas from 1839 to 1867, drawing in particular on Oberto, conte di San BonifacioNabucco, I lombardi alla prima crociataErnani, I due Foscari, Rigoletto, La traviata, and Don Carlos. In so doing, he identifies instances where the depiction of old age seems to express a continuum with established stereotypes (such as fatherhood and metaphors of family honor).

The discussion draws on close reading of verbal and musical texts, as well as on visual evidence and other materials. This lecture is being given in memory of Casa Italiana founder Baroness Mariuccia Zerilli-Marimò. In English.

Admission:  General RSVP; Member Seat Reservation. Contact:  212-998-8739. Casa Italiana programming is subject to change. For updates please visit www.casaitaliananyu.org

SOURCE: John D. Calandra Italian American Institute

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