Talk by Michael Forsyth

Palaces of Music: Opera Houses of Europe

Salt Galata

December 18, 2012 18.30

Unbuilt opera house design for Stuttgart                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stuttgart için yapimi gerçeklestirilmemis bir opera binasi tasarimi
Unbuilt opera house design for Stuttgart

SALT Galata, Auditorium

Organized in the scope of The Performance of Modernity: ATATÜRK KÜLTÜR MERKEZİ, 1946-1977 exhibition, Michael Forsyth’s talk titled “Palaces of Music: Opera Houses of Europe” will reveal a new interpretation of social, musical and acoustical interrelationships of opera-going across Europe.

Illustrated with images by the internationally-renowned architectural photographer Ahmet Ertuğ, Forsyth’s talk will explore the story of opera in various aspects. He will chart auditorium shapes, dimensions, materials, audience-performer relationship as well as musical requirements from the sixteenth century to the present day including reference to early opera-pageants incorporating staged naval battles, through to Mozart, Verdi and the operatic fantasies of Richard Wagner. The talk will integrate architectural and acoustic theory with fascinating stories from musical and operatic history. Splendid opera houses are illustrated from Palladio’s seminal Teatro Olimpico, Milan’s La Scala and Garnier’s Paris Opéra, together with charming eighteenth-century survivors, the court theatres of Marie Antoinette and Drottningholm, Sweden which sparked the turbulent tale of Verdi’s opera Un ballo in maschera. The talk will conclude with a glimpse of stunning twenty-first century opera houses at Lyons, Valencia and Oslo.

The talk will be held in English.

About Michael Forsyth
Michael Forsyth studied architecture at the University of Liverpool and was awarded the Rome Scholarship in Architecture and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He now directs the University of Bath’s postgraduate Conservation of Historic Buildings Course. His award-winning Buildings for Music: The Architect, the Musician, and the Listener from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day (MIT Press and Cambridge, 1985) was translated into several European languages and Japanese. Recent books include, with Ahmet Ertuğ, Palaces of Music: Opera houses of Europe and Domes: a journey through European architectural history (Ertug & Kocabiyik, 2010 and 2011). Forsyth has lectured extensively in Europe and North America.