Dr. Carolyn T. Amory, an adjunct instructor in English at SUNY Broome, presented at the Dante and Music conference on November 5 and 6 at the University of Pennsylavnia (UPenn) in Philadelphia, held in honor of Dante Alighieri’s 750th birthday.
The conference was well attended by Dante scholars as well as musicologists, primarily from Ivy League schools, state universities and European institutions. Dr. Amory was the only participant from a two-year school, getting welcome notice for SUNY Broome. Her paper, “Vita Nuova and Operatic Form,” discussed Dante’s Vita Nuova and how its pattern of description and poem was adopted into the pattern of recitative and aria used in the first opera. That pattern is still used in opera, as well as in modern musical theater and song forms so familiar that we assume them always to have been there.
The paper was very well-received. Several scholars expressed interest in previously ignored points that it brought up, and which will prompt additional opportunities for study. “Vita Nuova and Operatic Form” will be published by UPenn in Conference Proceedings.
Carolyn Timmsen Amory holds her B.A. in music, M.A. in Italian Letters and Literature, and Ph.D. in Comparative Literatures, all earned at Binghamton University. She was associated with Tri-Cities Opera for 33 years as student, chorister, props master, translations coordinator and translator. She has taught voice for many years, as well as Italian, Comparative Literatures, and English.