The University of Iowa

"Origins of the Love Duet" explored in Feb. 17 opera lecture

February 6th, 2011

The UI Opera Studies Forum (OSF) will present Francesco Dalla Vecchia Thursday, Feb. 17, for a talk titled “At the Origins of the Love Duet: Monteverdi’s and Cavalli’s Shared Strophic Arias.” The event is free and open to the public and begins at 4:30 p.m. in Gerber Lounge of the English Philosophy Building.

Dalla Vecchia will explain the difference between a shared strophic aria and a duet, which are often confused, and how this type of aria was used in 17th-century opera for two dramatic functions: the expression of two lovers’ harmonious bond and the contrast of verbal confrontation. This talk will further examine the use of shared strophic arias in the work of composers Francesco Cavalli and Claudio Monteverdi.

Dalla Vecchia is a doctoral student in musicology in the UI School of Music of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

This event is sponsored by OSF and UI International Programs.

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