Verdi as Protest Music, 1840-2018


Apr. 3, 2019, 7:30pm to 9pm

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Room 135
Photograph of Mary Ann Smart


The College of Liberal Arts’ University Forum Lecture Series presents “Verdi as Protest Music, 1840-2018,” a talk by Mary Ann Smart, Gladyce Arata Terrill Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley.

The music of Verdi was woven into the fabric of Italy's revolutionary movement and progress towards unification in 1861 in surprising and surreptitious ways. This lecture considers intrusions of opera into revolutionary musical practice, where it evolved from laments for fallen heroes to songs designed to rally troops. More recent popular appropriations of Verdi’s music include its insertion into Catholic masses and its use by the populist Lega Nord. Teasing out connections between original context and re-interpretation can tell us much about music’s importance to protest movements, as well as about the expressive impact of the original operatic sources.

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This event is free and open to the public. 

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External Sponsor

Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts – Dean’s Office, Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art,  and co-sponsored by the UNLV School of Music.