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Italy @ Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022: Showcase & Networking Event

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italy_Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Italian Institute of Culture in Edinburgh is delighted to present Italy @ Fringe 2022: Showcase & Networking Event to mark the participation of Italian artists and companies to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2022 on Tuesday, 9th August at 12:00noon.

A video-presentation of the performances will be shown, followed by a short talk by music historian Nicolò Palazzetti: ‘All the World’s a Stage’: Commedia dell’Arte and Italian Opera at the Dawn of the Baroque Era.

After the talk, there will be a networking session where artists, critics and members of the public will have the opportunity to meet up and find out more about the shows.

‘All the World’s a Stage’: Commedia dell’Arte and Italian Opera at the Dawn of the Baroque Era

This talk focuses on the Commedia dell’Arte and its key features: the hierarchy of masks and characters, the production system, the work of actors and troupes, the role of scenarios and improvisations. The commedia constitutes the earliest form of professional theater in Italy and, during the talk, will be compared to other performing arts that emerged in the early Baroque age, such as the madrigal comedy and the opera. The talk will finally explore the concept of theatrum mundi, i.e. the Great Theatre of the World, also investigating the role of spectators and theatregoers.


Nicolò Palazzetti is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Music and Theatre at La Sapienza University of Rome. He has recently won a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship from the European Commission for researching opera fandom in the digital age. After his studies in Aesthetics at the University of Bologna, he obtained a PhD in Cultural Sociology and Musicology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris (2017). From 2017 to 2018, he worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham and from 2019 to 2021 as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Strasbourg. Nicolò obtained research grants from the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, the Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel and the Institute of Musical Research of the University of London. He has presented his research on music, theatre and opera in ten different European countries and has published several essays and articles in the prominent academic journals, including the Journal of Modern Italian Studies and the International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music. He is the author of the monograph Béla Bartók in Italy: The Politics of Myth-Making published by The Boydell Press, UK in 2021.

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  • Organizzato da: Italian Institute of Culture in Edinburgh