The University of Iowa

Opera Studies lecture on Gluck, Wanger and Symbolism Oct. 20

October 6th, 2010

The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) welcomes William Gibbons for a lecture, “Gluck, Wagner, and Symbolism: Staging ‘Orphée’ in 1896 Paris,” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in Gerber Lounge of the English Philosophy Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Gibbons is a visiting lecturer of musicology in the UI School of Music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

His lecture will address the cultural importance of Christoph Willibald von Gluck in late 19th-century France and how his operas were understood more than a century after their creation. Gluck’s “Orphée et Eurydice” exemplifies the reinterpretation of classical opera in ways more relevant to modern audiences–in this case a resonance with symbolist interpretations of French art and literature. Gibbons will discuss how the connection between Gluck and composer Richard Wagner facilitated a modern interpretation of “Orphée” through the close ties between Wagnerism and symbolism.

OSF and UI International Programs are sponsoring this event.

For more information on this event, contact Heidi Vekemans at