Fine Arts

Liberty and Responsibility in Verdi’s “Aida”


Through a close study of the opera Aida's music and libretto, along with associated readings, this colloquium investigated the difficult and thought-provoking intersection between individual liberty and public responsibility.


Conference Readings

“English translation of Italian Libretto.” Opera Guide: The Virtual Opera House. (June 16, 2015).

Aristotle. Poetics. London: Dover Publications, Inc., 1997.

Hegel, G. W. F. Phenomenology of Spirit. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1976.

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. Lectures on Aesthetics. Edited by Heinrich Gustav Hotho. Translated by Thomas Malcolm Knox. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975.

Hughes, Spikes. Famous Verdi Operas. London: Robert Hale Ltd, 1968.

Petrobelli, Pierluigi. Music in the Theater: Essays on Verdi and Other Composers. Princeton: Princeton Legacy Library, 2014.

Sophocles. Antigone. Mineola: Dover Thrift Editions, 1993.

Van, Gilles de. Verdi’s Theater: Creating Drama through Music. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.