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WAGNER IN ANTWERP (1972-1987), an Inquiry into Opera Staging.

Research project

Fellow: Verhoeven Benjamin

Supervisor: Vanhoutte Kurt (UA) & Jan Dewilde (Royal Conservatoire Antwerp)

Duration: 01/01/2016 - 31/12/2017

This project measures the impact of the emancipation of the opera director in Antwerp's opera scene between 1972 and 1987. Video footage of productions and archival research in the yet undisclosed archives of the former KVO of Antwerp should enable us to reconstruct dramaturgical concept and mise-en-scène in both traditional readings and the more radical re-interpretations (called Regietheater) of Wagner's works, after which broader evolutions in opera direction become apparent.

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