Music, Performing Arts and Artists in the North - The French and Italian Diasporas (1600-1900)

Accademia di Danimarca, Via Omero 18, I-00197 Roma

Organizers: Jens Hesselager, University of Copenhagen, Lars Berglund, University of Uppsala, and Christine Jeanneret, The Danish National Museum at Frederiksborg Castle and Château de Versailles


DAY 1, January 29, 2019 


  • 10:00 - Marianne Pade, Director of the Danish Academy, Welcome address
  • 10:15-11:00 - Jens Hesselager (KU) and Christine Jeanneret (DNM), Introduction

11:00-11:30 - Coffee break

Session 1: The Italian Diaspora in Copenhagen

Chair: Nicola Usula

  • 11:30-12:00 - Berthold Over (Mainz University): Dido abandoned? Shifts of Focus and Artistic Choices in Didone Pasticcios of the Mingotti Opera Troupe
  • 12:00-12:30 - Magnus Tessing Schneider (Stockholm University): Giuseppe Siboni and Mozart’s Italian Operas in Copenhagen

12:30-13:00 - Discussion

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

Session 2: The French Diaspora in the North

Chair: Lars Berglund

  • 14:30-15:00 - Louis Delpech (University of Zurich): French Musicians in Northern Germany: Networks, Careers, Musical Exchange (1660-1730)
  • 15:00-15:30 - Rahul Markovits (École Normale Supérieure, Paris): “L’on ne peut pas oster à ces gens la l’incertitude s’ils se plairont et s’acomoderont en Suede ou non”: the hiring of the Rosidor company (1699)
  • 15:30-16:00 - Maria Schildt (Uppsala University)¨: French opera and the Académie royale de musique in Stockholm 1723–24

16:00-16:30 - Coffee and discussion

Session 3: Italians in London

Chair: Magnus Tessing Schneider

  • 16:30-17:00 - Melania Bucciarelli (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim): Travelling North of the Alps: Senesino’s career from Italy to Dresden and London
  • 17:00-17:30 - Nicolò Palazzetti (University of Birmingham): Music, Identities and Cultural Mobilities:
Italian Musical Migration to London in the Age of Diaspora, 1860-1910

17:30-18:00 - Discussion

18.00-20.00 - Drinks at the Swedish Institute

20.30 - Dinner at Bubi’s, Via Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, 7

DAY 2, January 30, 2019

Session 4: Adapting and Tailoring the Repertoire

Chair: Christine Jeanneret

  • 9:30-10:00 - Huub van der Linden (University College Roosevelt, Middelburg, Netherlands): Italian Sacred Music in Protestant Europe: Ownership and Use (c. 1640-1730)
  • 10:00-10:30 - Andrea Zedler (University of Bayreuth): Orazio Heading North:
Mapping, Migration and Transformation of Early Opera Buffa Outside of Italy

 10:30-11:00 - Coffee and discussion

Session 5: The Far North

Chair: Jens Hesselager

  • 11:00-11:30 - Annabella Skagen (Ringve Music Museum, Trondheim): The Multi-tasking Maestro: Norwegian Conceptions of Paolo Sperati
  • 11:30-12:00 - Licia Mari (Catholic University of Brescia): From Italy to Cape North: The Special Grand Tour of Giuseppe Acerbi (1799-1800)
  • 12:00-12:30 - Brian C. Thompson (Chinese University of Hong Kong): The De Angelis Family: From Sicily to Scotland and Canada

 12:30-13:00 - Discussion

13:00-14:30 Lunch break

Session 6: Italians in Imperial Russia

Chair: Melania Bucciarelli

  • 14:30-15:00 - Tatiana Korneeva (Freie Universität Berlin): Sacco Truffaldino and Sacco Ballerino: A Reconstruction of the Artistic Biography and the Routes of Travel of Two Italian Actors
  • 15:00-15:30 - Anna Giust (University Ca' Foscari, Venice): Mobility towards the ‘Slavic North’: Giovanni Battista Perucchini as Mediator between Italy and Russia
  • 15:30-16:00 - Bella Brover-Lubovsky (Jerusalem Academy of Music): “Do not call me court composer”: What were Italian Musicians in Russia Seeking?

16:00-16:30 - Discussion

16:30-17:00 - Coffee break

17:00-18:00 - Final Round Table


Call for papers