Symposium Programme

Symposium Programme

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Phantoms of the opera:
Music and performance on screen

Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Barbican Arts Centre Cinemas
15-17 June 2018


Friday 15 June

Milton Court Theatre, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Silk Street, London EC2Y 9BH
NB open to the public

8.45-9.00
– Registration at the Milton Court Theatre foyer, Silk Street.

9.00-10.00
– Introduction to project and roundtable
Cormac Newark, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Music), Jacqueline Avila, University of Tennessee (Music), Giorgio Biancorosso, Hong Kong University (Music), Timmy Chih-Ting Chen, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University (Film Studies), Annette Davison, University of Edinburgh (Music), Charlotte Gleghorn, University of Edinburgh (Latin American Studies), John Snelson, Royal Opera House (Interpretation).

10.00-10.30
– Milton Court Theatre. Level 1 foyer. Tea and coffee etc. for symposium participants.

10.30-12.00
– Exhibiting the Phantom: Improvisations for an unmasking
Session concentrating on The Phantom of the Opera (1925) led by Robert Sholl, Royal Academy of Music and University of West London (Music), featuring professional pianist Costas Fotopoulos and Ben Comeau, Celia S. Peña and Felix Hong, postgraduate students at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Break

Cinema 3, Beech Street, Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
NB open to the public

14.00-17.30
– Introduction to, and screening of, Phantom of the Opera (1943) – 92 min

– Brief informal discussion
– Introduction to, and screening of, The Phantom of the Opera (1962) – 84 min.

17.30-18.30
– Cinema 3 foyer, Beech Street. Wine reception for symposium participants, informal discussion.


Saturday 16 June

Cinema 3, Beech Street, Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
NB open to the public

9.00-10.30
– Phantom of Winnipeg: The localised cult reception of Phantom of the Paradise
Iain Robert Smith, King’s College London (Film Studies).
– The Phantom menace: Uncanny spectres of music, industry and fan practice in Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera
Mark Duffett, University of Chester (Media Studies).
– ‘Darkness wakes and stirs imagination’: Darkfic fan responses to The Phantom of the Opera and gothic discourses of fan fiction
Matt Hills, University of Huddersfield (Participatory Culture).

10.30-11.00
– Cinema 3 foyer, Beech Street. Tea and coffee etc. for symposium participants.

11.00–12.30
– Introduction to, and screening of, Il mostro dell’Opera (1964) – 85 min.

Break

Studio Theatre, Level -1. Please access via ‘Stage Door’ at 1 Milton Street. Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court, London EC2Y 9BH
NB open to the public

14.00–18.00
– Pasolini/Polselli: Sex on screen in Italy circa 1964
Cormac Newark, Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Music).
– Discussion.
– The songster, spectre, and spectator in Sinophone adaptations of The Phantom of the Opera
Timmy Chih-Ting Chen, Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University (Film Studies).
– Phantoms of communist Czechoslovakia: Fantom Morrisvillu and Fantom operety
Štepán Kana (Translation).
– Unmasking and dancing: the Mexicanization of the Phantomin the cine de luchadores
Jacqueline Avila, University of Tennessee (Music).
– Discussion.

Break

– Theme and visual variations: Defining tropes in Phantom films
John Snelson, Royal Opera House (Interpretation).
– The shadows of the Phantom in Sally Potter’s The Man Who Cried (2000)
Dorota Babilas, University of Warsaw (English Studies).
– ‘Christine, the revolution and an opera about cats’: Musical theatre allusions in Terry Pratchett’s fiction
Aleksandra Kleczar, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Classics).
– Discussion.


Sunday 17 June

Cinema 3, Beech Street, Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
NB open to the public

9.00-10.30
– ‘The art of ghosts, a battle of phantoms’: Leroux’s Le Fantôme de l’Opéra and its haunting of Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera
Raj Shah (Textual Criticism).
– Living voices: The Phantom of the Opera, technology, and audio drama adaptation
Leslie McMurtry, University of Salford (Radio Studies).
– The Phantom of the Opera and the performance of cinema
Giorgio Biancorosso, Hong Kong University (Music).
– Discussion.

10.30-11.00
– Cinema 3 foyer, Beech Street. Tea and coffee etc. for symposium participants.

11.00-13.00
– Ghostliness, embodiment and unmasking
Murray Leeder, University of Calgary (Film Studies).
– The 1925 unmasking scene: Improvisation in context
Robert Sholl, Royal Academy of Music and University of West London (Music).
– El Fantasma de la Ópera through the prism of Ibáñez Serrador
Aída Cordero Domínguez, Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Audiovisual Creation).
– In pursuit of Narciso: Phantom myth and archive in Argentina
Charlotte Gleghorn, University of Edinburgh (Latin American Studies).
– Discussion.

Break

 

15.00-17.00
Cinema 1, Level -2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
– Introduction to, and screening of, The Phantom of the Opera (1925, 89 min.) with a new score performed live.

 

Please note:

  • The symposium will be held in two different venues at the Guildhall School of Music &Drama, both of them located within the new, glass GSMD building, opposite the main Barbican complex. Entrances will vary depending on the day: via Silk Street on Friday morning, for access to the Milton Court Theatre; and via ‘Stage Door’ at 1 Milton Street on Saturday afternoon, for entry to the Studio Theatre.
  • Similarly, all of the screenings, along with some of the paper sessions, will take place in two different areas at the Barbican Centre. Cinema 3 is located at the end of the Beech Street tunnel (beside Côte Brasserie), whereas Cinema 1 is located inside the main Barbican complex, on Level -2.
  • Members of the public will be able to join the paper sessions by booking their place individually in advance: via the Eventbrite web, for the sessions held at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama only; or on the Barbican website, for the talks at the Barbican’s Cinema 3.
  • The general public will only be able to purchase cinema tickets on the Barbican website.
  • No complimentary tickets will be available for non-speakers.

 

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