Actualité Société d'Histoire du Théâtre


The third edition of the tosc@ conference will take place in Paris, France, from June 27 to June 29, 2019, on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of the Opéra de Paris.

Founded in Bologna in 2015, tosc@ is a biennial meeting designed to give scholars, artists and opera lovers from different countries the opportunity to come together. Open to all approaches, forms, genres and periods, the tosc@ conference aims to unite the excellence and boldness of contemporary research on opera and musical theatre in general. It moves from place to place, encouraging the presence of contributors from the host countries, enlarging the circle of its participants and promoting encounters between cultures and sensibilities.

Following the success of the first two meetings (tosc@bologna.2015 and tosc@bern.2017), tosc@paris.2019 is organized by the University of Paris 8, and will be hosted at the Opéra de Paris, the Institut national d’histoire de l’art and the Musée du Louvre, partners of tosc@paris.2019 along with the University Paris Nanterre and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The conference also benefits from the participation of the Opéra-Comique and of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, and from the support of the Ministère de la Culture, the Institut Universitaire de France, the University of Chicago, and Oberlin College and Conservatory.

tosc@paris.2019 will encourage fertile exchanges between researchers, artists, spectators, theatre professionals and other players of the operatic stage who contribute to its influence and success. It will also be an opportunity to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Opéra de Paris as special moments will be dedicated to the Opéra de Paris and its history.

The Programme Committee received a very large number of submissions: 248 abstracts from 35 countries (including 21 submitted as part of 6 panel proposals), plus 5 roundtables. Following the anonymous evaluation process, there will be 20 sessions with 51 papers, 5 roundtables, the tosc@ Award Winner’s Address by James O’Leary with a staging by Mirabelle Ordinaire, and two keynote addresses.

The keynote addresses will be given by Susanna Mälkki (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra) and Martha Feldman (The University of Chicago).

The Programme Committee will present an award for the best paper by a junior scholar at the conference. All participants born on or after January 1, 1984 are eligible. Those who wish to be considered for the tosc@ award must submit the final version of their paper to the Programme Committee (accompanied by any musical examples, images, etc.) at by 20 May 2019.

We are very grateful to our partners (the Opéra de Paris, the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, the Musée du Louvre, the Opéra-Comique, the Bibliothèque nationale, the Centre Pompidou Metz) which agreed to work closely with us, hosting the event and providing us with invaluable support as well as generously sharing with us their expertise, their time and creativity.

Conference Organizers: Céline Frigau Manning and Isabelle Moindrot


Programme Committee: Joy H. Calico (Vanderbilt University), Georgia Cowart (Case Western Reserve University), Céline Frigau Manning (Université Paris 8 – Institut Universitaire de France), Sarah Hibberd (University of Bristol), Kordula Knaus (Universität Bayreuth), Hervé Lacombe (Université Rennes 2), Isabelle Moindrot (Université Paris 8), and Emanuele Senici (Sapienza Università di Roma).

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