Panel Discussion I

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 7:30 pm
College of Physicians
College of Physicians

College of Physicians

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This 90-minute event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP using the form below.

About This Event

The 20th century bore witness to dramatic transformations in the world order and major shifts in national and cultural boundaries. Artists frequently emerged as ambassadors for the people they represented, and composers, in particular, harnessed art song as a means of defining and expressing the unique character of a nation. To set the stage for this project, Jay Winter and Ceri Owen join Nicholas Phan to explore how art song was historically used to understand national identity, especially during times of great social, political, and cultural change.

This event is part of our Emerging Voices Project that explores national identity and social connection through art song. Information on the second panel discussion can be found here.


Ceri Owen – Lecturer and director of performance at the University of Birmingham
Jay Winter – Historian and professor emeritus at Yale University
Nicholas Phan – Tenor, curator of the Emerging Voices project
Cori Ellison – Moderator, dramaturg at The Santa Fe Opera

This panel discussion is presented with the sponsorship of the College of Physicians and in collaboration with the World Affairs Council.

Please RSVP using the form below.

Major support for Emerging Voices has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage — with additional support from Grant Greapentrog, Constance & Michael Cone, and Vincent Tseng & Geoffrey Mainland.

The Panel

Ceri Owen
Ceri Owen is a music historian, pianist and song accompanist, and writer. She is currently working on a new biography of Vaughan Williams, as well as editing a book of essays on his work for Cambridge University Press. Owen's research grows out of her work as a performer. Her creative practice draws together interests in the history of song composition and performance;… Read More
Jay Winter
Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. Previously, Winter taught at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Warwick, the University of Cambridge, and Columbia University. In 2001, he joined the faculty of Yale.… Read More
Nicholas Phan
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Described by the Boston Globe as one of the world’s most remarkable singers,” American tenor Nicholas Phan is increasingly recognized as an artist of distinction. Praised for his keen intelligence, captivating stage presence and natural musicianship, he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies.… Read More
Cori Ellison
Cori Ellison is dramaturg at Santa Fe Opera (2018-present). She served previously as staff dramaturg at Glyndebourne Festival Opera (2012-18) and New York City Opera (1997-2010), as well as serving as dramaturg on productions including Orphic Moments at National Sawdust/Salzburger Landestheater, the Ring cycle at Washington National Opera, Opera Boston’s production of Shostakovich’s The Nose,… Read More


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