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Illuminating German Art and Opera

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Lecture Hall and Museum galleries
Admission: $60, students/seniors $30 (course fee includes lunch). Open to 140 participants.

Fill your day with looking, listening, and learning about German manuscripts and opera. This program brings scholars of art and music together to explore the connections between the exhibition German and Central European Manuscript Illumination (on view at the Getty Center February 24–May 24, 2009) and LA Opera's production of the first two installments of Richard Wagner's Ring cycle, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre.

The day includes illustrated lectures, guided gallery tours, and a recital with piano and voice.

Course Program

About the Speakers

Course Program

Initial H / Bohemian

9:30–10:00 a.m.

Coffee and Registration

10:00–10:15 a.m.

Clare Kunny, Manager, Public Education and Teaching, J. Paul Getty Museum

10:15–10:45 a.m.

History and Myth: Richard Wagner and the German Middle Ages
Henrike Manuwald, Department of Manuscripts, J. Paul Getty Museum

10:45–11:30 a.m.

Politics, Religion, and Identity in The Ring
Mitchell Morris, Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

11:30–11:40 a.m.


11:40 a.m.–12:25 p.m.

A Conversation with James Conlon
James Conlon, Richard Seaver Music Director of LA Opera

12:25–1:15 p.m.

Lunch (box lunch included in course fee)

1:15–2:15 p.m.

Guided Gallery Tours with educators Zhenya Gershman, Keri Jhaveri, and William Zaluski (meet in the Museum Lecture Hall lobby)

2:15–3:30 p.m.

Religion and Mythology in Music
Introduction by Jennifer Babcock, Associate Director of Education and Community Programs, LA Opera
Catherine Miller, Piano
Robert MacNeil, Tenor
Kathleen Roland, Soprano

3:30–4:00 p.m.

Questions and Closing Remarks

Die Walkuere at the LA Opera

About the Speakers

Henrike Manuwald received her PhD in history of art and German literature from Cologne University and is a fellow of Trinity College London (violin). After completing her current internship in the Department of Manuscripts of the J. Paul Getty Museum, she will take up an assistant professorship in medieval German literature at Freiburg University.

Mitchell Morris is associate professor in the Department of Musicology at UCLA. He has written and spoken on a plethora of topics, including 19th- and 20th-century opera, gender and sexuality in music, American popular song, problems of musical ethics, and the songs of humpback whales.

James Conlon, one of today's preeminent conductors, is music director of the LA Opera. This season he is conducting the first two installments of Wagner's Ring cycle, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre. He has conducted to acclaim across Europe and North America and received numerous awards, including the Crystal Globe Award from the Anti-Defamation League for his efforts in championing the works of composers silenced by the Nazi regime. Read more about James Conlon on LA Opera's Web site.

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