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13:00 19 April - 16:15 21 April 2012

Rousseau 300: Conference & Opera


Various | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Open

Under the title Rousseau 300: Nature, Self, and State, the UCL History Department are hosting an exhibition at the UCL Art Museum (until 27 April 2012), an international conference (19-21 April 2012), and rare performances of an opera written and composed by Rousseau, Le Devin du Village (20 April 2012).

Opera 20 April at 18:30 in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre. An important (if neglected) part of Rousseau’s legacy was his role as a successful opera composer. His short opera Le Devin du Village was written in 1752 and became a major success, first at Fontainebleau and then on the stages of Paris and London (in a translation by Charles Burney). Brief synopsis: Colin (tenor) and Colette (soprano) are lovers, but suspect each other of being unfaithful. After seeking advice of a village soothsayer (baritone) they trust each other again and are happily married.


Emma Patten
+44 (0)20 7679 7124 | e.patten@ucl.ac.uk


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