Opera Preview Panel Discussion “Borgia Infami: Real and Imagined”

with Craig Monson, Dolores Pesce, and William Wallace
Reflecting on the place and importance of the Borgias in history, art, and music, the panelists will set the stage for the premiere of Borgia Infami by composer Harold Blumenfeld and librettist Charles Kondek.  

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Parking available in the Danforth University Center Garage or in parking spots marked with yellow after 5:00 P.M.


About the panelists:

Craig A. Monson, Paul Tietjens Professor Emeritus of Music, specializes in early modern Italy and England, particularly from musical and monastic perspectives. His most recent book, Habitual Offenders: A True Tale of Nuns, Prostitutes and Murderers in 17th-Century Italy, appeared last year. He is currently finishing a book on women caught poisoning their husbands in 17th-century Rome.

Dolores Pesce, Avis Blewett Professor of Music, specializes in music of the Middle Ages and the late nineteenth century.  Her studies of thirteenth-century motets engage issues of intertextuality and creative process.  Her recent book on Franz Liszt, Liszt's Final Decade, won the 2017 Alan Walker Book Award. She is currently working on several studies of Liszt's musical language.

William E. Wallace is the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History and a specialist on Italian Renaissance Art 1300-1700.  He is an internationally recognized authority on the sculptor, painter and architect, Michelangelo Buonarroti.  Most recently he has completed a book, tentatively titled, God’s Architect:  Michelangelo’s Late Life and Art