Great New Books in the Humanities: The Singing Turk

Event Description:

Join us for a discussion about Larry Wolff’s new book, The Singing Turk, about 18th-century operas and understanding this cultural phenomenon in the context of European-Ottoman relations. This book is about the huge repertory of (mostly now forgotten) operas about Turks that were performed during the long 18th century (from the 1680s to the 1820s), including works by Handel, Rameau, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, and Rossini, as well as many other less well known composers. The discussion will consider what the figure of the singing Turk meant in European Enlightenment culture, and, more generally, how such operas may be considered in the context of the Christian-Muslim encounter in European history. This is event is co-sponsored with the NYU Center for the Ballet and the Arts.

This event will include the live performance of "Singing Turk" music by Mozart and Rossini, performed by basso David Salsbery Fry and soprano Joanna Curtis, accompanied by Michael Beckerman at the piano.

Larry Wolff
Silver Professor of History, Director, Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYU

Leslie Peirce
Silver Professor of History, NYU

Michael Beckerman
Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music, NYU

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