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XI International Opera Conference "Contemporary Opera Theatre: on the Crossroads of Traditions"

28 October, 2016 
Red Foyer of the LNOBT, 
Vilnius

The notion of opera theatre encompasses a wide range of traditions, which, in turn, influence the theatre itself. Contemporary opera theatre, or opera theatre in our days, is a more spacious phenomenon. The repertoire of the LNOBT consists of operas and ballets that represent traditions and schools of various countries (Italian, French, Russian, German, Lithuanian, etc.) and periods. Moreover, there are both modern productions (operas “Don Carlo”, “FIDELIO”, ballets “Romeo and Juliet“, “Boleo+”, etc.) and traditional or even classical ones (“La Boheme”, “L‘elisir d‘amore”, “Giselle”, “Swan Lake”, etc.). On the other hand, the perception of a stage work by theatre audience isn’t a unified phenomenon as well: appreciators of theatre and critics can have various cultural, social and other backgrounds.

The interplay of traditions is reflected in the newest production of the LNOBT – ballet of Krzysztof Pastor “Romeo and Juliet”. The action of the ballet is transferred form the Renaissance to the 20th Century and our days. Therefore, the 11th International Opera Conference is also dedicated to ballet. Another theme of the Conference is related to Shakespeare, as the year 2016 is dedicated to the English playwright.

During the Conference LNOBT is also organizing a competition for young critics. They are invited to review “Romeo and Juliet”. Texts will be announced online at www.opera.lt. Three best reviews will be published in the opera magazine “Bravissimo“.

PROGRAMME

9:30–10:00 Registration

10:00–12:00 On the Crossroads of Traditions

10:00–10:15 Rūta Stanevičiūtė. Opera in the World of New Media: Opera Seminars of LNOBT as a Reflection of The Contemporary Opera Theatre
10:15–10:45 Laima Vilimienė. Dramma o musica? Some Aspects of the Opera Audience Development 
10:45–11:15 Leonarda Kestere. Shakespeare in Latvia: Building Opera and Theatre Audiences
11:15–12:00 Mikus Čeže. Freedom versus Boundaries of Freedom in the Interpretation of Prokofiev’s Ballet “Romeo and Juliet” 

12:00–12:30 Coffee Break

12:30–14:00 Shakespeare on the Lithuanian Musical Stage

12:30–13:00 Vida Bakutytė. Shakespeare on the Stages of Vilnius in the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Centuries
13:00–13:30 Audronė Žiūraitytė. Shakespear’s “Translations” in Ballet (Libretto-Music-Choreography) 
13:30–14:00 Helmutas Šabasevičius. “Romeo and Julier”: Lithuanian Ballet and Dance Versions
14:00–14:30 Closing Discussion 

The conference is partially supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture




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