Lecture and Film Screening: Opera on Film, DEFA Style
July 2, 2018
2:00 pm-4:30 pm
UMass Amherst Campus
Opera on Film, DEFA Style | Joy Calico, Vanderbilt University
This lecture considers what happens to “opera” in the translation from live performance to fixed media in the context of DEFA films. GDR contributions to film opera are important because opera staging in the GDR was an art form unto itself, representing the beginnings of Regieoper—a style of directing that was perhaps one of the GDR’s most important and impactful musical legacies in the field of film opera.
Special Screening, Presented by the Kurt-Schwaen-Archiv, Berlin [kurtschwaen.de]
Kurt Schwaen (1909-2007) was one of East Germany’s best-known and most versatile composers. His work was influenced by his collaboration with Bertolt Brecht. Schwaen’s extensive oeuvre included instrumental and vocal compositions, as well as operas and film scores. His compositions for Fetzers Flucht—produced for radio in 1959 and TV in 1962—and the 1962 children’s film Vom König Midas are striking contributions to the film opera genre.