Directed by Vanessa Strydom (UQ School of Music)

Thursday, 27 October 2016, 1:00pm

Nickson Room (434), Zelman Cowan Building (51), UQ St Lucia

The works of William Shakespeare have inspired numerous operas on countless stages around the world. In the nineteenth century, his plays prompted some of the greatest achievements of such composers as Giuseppe Verdi, Otto Nicolai, and Ambroise Thomas. This concert presents excerpts from some of the nineteenth century’s best-loved Shakespearean operas, including Thomas’s Hamlet(1868), Verdi’s Macbeth (1847), Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor) (1848), and Charles-François Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (1867). Featuring some of Brisbane’s finest upcoming opera performers, the concert will include a range of vocal pieces, from duets and trios to large chorus ensemble works. The works are partially staged with piano accompaniment, and audience members will receive a detailed program discussing the works performed.

Free. No RSVP required.

This event is part of a commemorative series celebrating the 400-year history of the works of William Shakespeare.

About The Delighted Spirit: Shakespeare at UQ 2016

In Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, Caesar’s assassins anticipate that their killing of the tyrant will be performed in theatres far into the future – and even in languages and lands unknown to the conspirators themselves: “How many ages hence / Shall this our lofty scene be acted over / In states unborn and accents yet unknown!”  Shakespeare’s own dramatic works have displayed this extraordinary quality of adaptability and transportability: they are themselves “acted over” in numerous places far away from Shakespeare’s native land, and in countless languages “unknown” to Shakespeare himself. 

The University of Queensland has a long and distinguished history of supporting the study of Shakespeare and his age. Shakespeare has been taught at the University since classes began in 1911, when Hermiene Ulrich, UQ’s first lecturer in literature (and the first woman teacher of literature at an Australian university) assigned Henry V,Twelfth NightKing Lear, and The Tempest for students in her course on Modern Language and Literature. Ulrich’s successor, J. J. Stable, was, as well as being a promoter of Australian literature, a scholar of Shakespeare: in 1936 he edited Julius Caesar for the Australian Students’ Shakespeare series, published by Oxford University Press.

In 2016 the University will mark the four-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s death by hosting a series of lectures, symposia, concerts, film screenings, workshops, performances, a rare-book exhibition, and other events exploring the ways in which Shakespeare continues to delight, provoke, and fascinate those who engage with his works.  The series is entitled The Delighted Spirit, a phrase taken from Claudio’s speech in Act Three, Scene One, of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, in which Claudio gives an impassioned plea for “worldly life”—life which, he insists, is always, and no matter how full of hardships, to be preferred “To what we fear of death”.  This series of commemorative events, then, will explore the life in Shakespeare’s works—how they continue to live on and inspire, stimulate, and give pleasure in “states unborn and accents yet unknown”.

…the delighted spirit…

-- William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, III.i.121


Date Event Location Further information

31 March 2016 - 2 April 2016

Performance: "Dare to Share: The Infant Soldier", Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio, UQ St Lucia Campus Click here
20 April 2016

Series Launch: “Shakespeare and Modern Life” by Professor Indira Ghose (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) with Sarah Kanowski, ABC Radio National

Long Room, Customs House, Brisbane City

Click here

22 April 2016 - 25 May 2016 Film Series: "Shakespeare on Screen", in collaboration with GOMA Australian Cinémathèque, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Click here
23 April 2016 Special Event: "Shakespeare on Screen" Forum Queensland Gallery of Modern Art Click here
23 April 2016 Performance: "Shakespeare's Shorts", Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Davies Park Farmers' Market, Davies Park, West End, Brisbane Click here
24 April 2016 Performance: "Shakespeare's Shorts", Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble The Gap Farmers' Market, 104 Kaloma Rd, The Gap, Brisbane Click here
11 May 2016 Lecture and Panel Discussion: "Shakespeare & Co.: The Bard and His Peers in the Digital Age" by Professor Hugh Craig (University of Newcastle) FW Robinson Reading Room, Fryer Library, Level 4, Duhig building, UQ St Lucia Campus Click here
2 May - 31 May 2016 Rare Book Exhibition: "My Library Was Dukedom Large Enough" Fryer Library, Duhig building, UQ St Lucia Camps Click here
29 May 2016 Concert: "Shakespearean Feast", The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, with guest choirs Queensland Performing Arts Centre Click here
5 June 2016 Lecture and Silent Film Screening: "Shakespeare's Romans" Professor Alastair Blanshard and Dr Shushma Malik (The University of Queensland) Room E109, Forgan Smith building, UQ St Lucia Campus Click here
12 June 2016 Lecture and Concert: "Shakespeare's Songs", The Badinerie Players, with pre-concert lecture by Professor Tom Bishop (University of Auckland) UQ Art Museum Click here
13 June 2016 Professional Development Seminar: "Not Only Musical in Himself...", Professor Tom Bishop (University of Auckland) Room 275, Global Change Institute, UQ St Lucia Campus Click here
17 August 2016 - 10 September 2016 Performance: Twelfth Night, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre, Brisbane City, and Redlands Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland Click here
27 October 2016 Concert: "Shakespeare in the Opera House" directed by Vanessa Strydom (University of Queensland) UQ School of Music, Zelman Cowan building, UQ St Lucia Campus Click here
28 November 2016 Research Symposium: "Shakespeare and the Body Politic", Dr Karin Sellberg and Dr Cathy Curtis (University of Queensland) Toowong Rowing Club, St Lucia Click here


Nickson Room (434), Zelman Cowan Building (51), UQ St Lucia