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Ottoman Empire and European Theatre. Vol. I (Wien, 2013)

Ottoman Empire and European Theatre. Vol. I: The Age of W.A. Mozart and Sultan Selim III (1756–1808).

Michael Hüttler / H. E. Weidinger (ed.): Ottoman Empire & European Theatre Vol I. -The Age of Mozart and Sultan Selim III (1756-1808), Wien: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag, 2013

The first volume of the book series Ottoman Empire and European Theatre focuses on the period between 1756 and 1808, the era of W. A. Mozart (1756–1791) and Sultan Selim III (1761–1808).These historical personalities, whose life-spans overlap, were towering figures of their time: Mozart as an extraordinary composer and Selim III as both a politician and a composer.

Inspired by the structure of opera, the forty-four contributions of Volume I are arranged in eight sections, entitled Ouverture, Prologue, Acts I–V and Epilogue. The Ouverture includes the opening speeches of diplomats, politicians, and scholars as well as a memorial text for the “Genius of Opera”, Turkish prima donna Leyla Gencer (1928–2008). The Prologue, “The Stage of Politics”, features texts by distinguished historians who give an historical overview of the Ottoman Empire and Europe in the late eighteenth century, from both Turkish and Austrian points of view. Act I features texts concerning “Diplomacy and Theatre”, and Act II takes the reader to “Europe South, West and North”. Act III has contributions concerning theatre in “Central Europe”, while Act IV deals with “Mozart” and the world of the seraglio. Act V turns our attention to the Ottoman “Sultan Selim III”, and the Epilogue considers literary and theatrical adventures of “The Hero in the Sultan’s Harem”.


Hans Ernst Weidinger (Vienna): Don Juan, Ottoman Empire and European Theatre: A Proem


Michael Hüttler (Vienna) and Hans Ernst Weidinger (Vienna/Florence): Editorial

Michael Hüttler (Vienna): Orientalism on Stage: Historical Approaches and Scholarly Reception

Opening Speeches – Symposium Vienna (April 25–26, 2008)


Helga Dostal (Vienna): UNESCO International Theatre Institute (ITI) – Austrian Centre

H. Exc. Selİm Yenel (Vienna): Ambassador of the Turkish Republic in Austria

H. Exc. Emil Brix (Vienna): Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cultural Section

Opening Speeches – Symposium Istanbul (June 5–6, 2008)


Christian Brunmayr: Austrian Cultural Forum Istanbul

Cemal Öztaş (Ankara): Grand National Assembly of Turkey

H. Exc. Heidemaria Gürer (Ankara): Ambassadress of the Republic of Austria in Turkey

Academic Bass

Wolfgang Greisenegger (Vienna): University of Vienna

İlber Ortaylı (Istanbul): Topkapı palace Museum Istanbul

Metin And (Ankara): Turkish Academy of Sciences

Dedication to the Genius of Opera

Zeynep Oral (Istanbul): In Memoriam Leyla Gencer

Prologue: The Stage of Politics

Historical Overview

Bertrand Michael Buchmann (Vienna): Austria's Relations with the Ottoman Empire in the Eighteenth Century

Mehmet Alaaddin Yalçınkaya (Trabzon): The Ottoman Empire and Europe in the Wake of the Second Half of the Eigteenth Century

Act I: Diplomacy and Theatre

Earliest Performances

Suna Suner (Istanbul/Vienna): The Earliest Opera Performances in the Ottoman World and the Role of Diplomacy: A Remapping from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Century

Walter Puchner (Athens): European Drama and Theatre in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul

Ambassadors and Envoys

B. Babür Turna (Ankara): The Watcher and the Watched: Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Diplomatic Visitors in Europe as Spectator and ‘Performer’

Günsel Renda (Istanbul): The European Ambassadors at the Ottoman Court: The Imperial Protocol in the Eighteenth Century

Frank Huss (Vienna): “Auf türkische Art prächtig aufgeputzt”: The Visit to Vienna by the Extraordinary Ottoman Envoy, Chaddi Mustafa Efendi, in the Year

Jannissaries and Mehter – Turkish Military Music

William F. Parmentier II (Istanbul): The Mehter: Cultural Perceptions and Interpretations of Turkish Drum and Bugle Music Throughout History

Act II: Europe South, West and North

Milan, London and Vienna

Alexandre Lhâa (Aix-en-Provence): Performing ‘Turkish Rulers’ on the Teatro alla Scala’s Stage: From the Late Eighteenth to the Mid Nineteenth Century

Esin Akalin (Istanbul): The Ottoman Seraglio on European Stages

Emre Aracı (London): “Help for the Turk”: Investigating Ottoman Musical Representations in Britain from the Late Eighteenth to the Mid Nineteenth Century

Copenhagen and Paris

Bent Holm (Copenhagen): The Staging of the Turk: The Turk in the Danish Theatre of the Eighteenth Century

Isabelle Moindrot (Paris): The ‘Turk’ and the ‘Parisienne’: From Favart’s Soliman second, ou Les trois sultanes (1761) to Les Trois Sultanes (Pathé, 1912)

Act III: Central Europe

From Paris to Vienna

Thomas Betzwieser (Bayreuth): Ottoman Representation and Theatrical alla turca: Visiting an Unknown Viennese Source of ‘Turkish’ Incidental Music

Michael Hüttler (Vienna): ‘Turks’ on the Late Eighteenth Century’s Viennese Stage: A Research Project Based on the Viennese Repertoire

Matthias J. Pernerstorfer (Vienna): The Second Turkish Siege of Vienna (1683) Reflected in its First Centenary: ‘Anniversary Plays’ in the Pálffy Theatre Library, Vienna

From Vienna to Lwiv

Erich Duda (Vienna): Mozart’s Pupil and Friend: Franz Xaver Süssmayr’s Sinfonia Turchesca, Il Turco in Italia, and Soliman der Zweite

Gabriele C. Pfeiffer (Vienna): Freemason, Mozart’s Contemporary, and Theatre Director on the Edge: Franz Kratter (1758–1830) and Der Friede am Pruth (1799). Cataloguing the Komplex Mauerbach, Vienna

Act IV: Mozart

Mozart and ‘Turkishness’

Matthew Head (London): ‘In the Orient of Vienna’: Mozart’s ‘Turkish’ Music and the Theatrical Self

Marianne Tråvén (Uppsala): Getting Emotional: Mozart’s ‘Turkish’ Operas and the Emotive Aspect of Slavery

Serail Revisited

Derek Weber (Vienna): From Zaide to Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Mozart’s ‘Turkish’ Operas

Nadja Kayali (Vienna): Mozart’s ‘Orient’ on Stage

The Elegant Voyager to The City of The Sublime Porte

Annemarie Bönsch (Vienna): ‘Turkish’ and ‘Exotic’ References in the European Fashion of the Second Half of the Eighteenth Century

Selin İpek (Istanbul): European Influences on Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Imperial Fashion

Käthe Springer-Dissmann (Vienna): Mozart Goes to Constantinople! The Real Conditions of a Fictitious Journey

Act V: Sultan Selim III

In the Ottoman Empire 1756–1808

Tülay Artan (Istanbul): A Composite Universe: Arts and Society in Istanbul at the End of the Eighteenth Century

Caroline Herfert (Vienna): ‘German Poet and Turkish Diplomat’: Murad Efendi, Ottoman Consul in Temeswar, and the Tragedy Selim der Dritte

Sultan Selim III: A Man of Letters and Arts

Günsel Renda (Istanbul): Selim III as Patron of the Arts

Mustafa Fatih Salgar (Istanbul): Selim III as a Man of Letters and Art

Ayşın Candan (Istanbul): The Play World of Sultan Selim III


The Hero in the Sultan’s Harem

Ulrike Schneider (Weimar): Between Enlightenment and Orient: Oberon by Christoph Martin Wieland

Hans-Peter Kellner (Copenhagen): From The Prince of Denmark in the Sultan’s Harem to Don Juan in the Royal Danish Chambers: The Forgotten Composer Friedrich Ludwig Aemilius Kunzen (1761–1817)


Picture Gallery


Curricula Vita





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