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Fritz Trümpi (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna):

Opera history in a political perspective: Vienna and Cluj

Bartók terem, 2018.  május 10. csütörtök, 10 óra


This paper includes two sections which are, however, strongly related one with each other. First, it will reflect theoretical, methodical and empirical aspects of a political history of the Viennese Opera (1869-1955); these reflections are based on a recently realized research project (http://www.iwk.ac.at/oper/). Secondly, it is going to show the close relationship between Vienna and Transylvania regarding the organization and implementation of the first Romanian National Opera in Kolozsvár/Klausenburg/Cluj within the newly founded Romanian Kingdom after the breakdown of the Habsburg Monarchy (1919/1920).


Fritz Trümpi (b. 1974) studied General History, Philosophy and Musicology in Zürich, Vienna and Berlin and was a scholar of the Swiss National Fund.He graduated in 2009 from the University of Zurich in General History. His doctoral thesis, “Politisierte Orchester. Die Wiener Philharmoniker und das Berliner Philharmonische Orchester im Nationalsozialismus” was published by Böhlau in 2011. For this book, Trümpi was awarded the Irma Rosenberg Prize of the City of Vienna in November 2012.

Trümpis academic profile includes research on fascism and music history. From 2012 till 2015 he was researcher in the FWF-based project “A political history of the Viennese Opera” (Austrian Science Fund). In 2013 he was member of the commission for researching the history of the Vienna Philharmonic in the Nazi era.

He was a lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the University of Vienna (Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies and Department of Musicology) and the University of Zurich (Historical Seminar). He is assistant professor at the Department of Musical Analysis, Theory and History of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna and focuses his research interests on Music culture(s) of the former Habsburg Empire and its successor states.