Past Event

Timothy Power on 'Realistic' Singing in Attic Tragedy

February 15, 2018
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Columbia University Faculty House

The Columbia University Seminar in Classical Civilization will meet on Thursday, February 15 at 7:30 pm. Timothy Power (Rutgers) will discuss "'Realistic' Singing in Attic Tragedy."


The evening will begin with drinks at 5:45 PM at the first-floor lounge of Faculty House, followed by dinner at 6:15 PM. Please email the rapporteur, Jeremy Simmons (, by noon on Monday, February 11th in order to make a dinner reservation. Note that the price of the meal is $30, payable only by check to "Columbia University." Professor Power's lecture will begin promptly at 7:30 PM.

My presentation considers the phenomenon of diegetic music in tragic drama, that is to say, musical performances that are represented as actually happening in the mimetic/mythical world of the tragedy, and thus distinct from choral and solo songs that are nondiegetic, heard as music only by the theatrical audience. What can the staging of diegetic (or “realistic”) singing tell us about the nature of tragedy’s music as a whole, its (evolving) role in the composition and experience of the form?