Samantha Madison Cooper is a second year PhD student in Historical Musicology at New York University. Her research interests include the study of Jewish music, reception history, and opera. Samantha has given papers at the Society of American Music conference, as well as at Brandeis, Columbia, Rutgers, and Temple University graduate student conferences. She is currently the Associate Executive Director of the Jewish Music Forum in New York City.
Salome: Between Scandal & Song
Samantha Madison Cooper
Richard Strauss’ scandalous opera Salome premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1907. How did the New York Jews react to
their caricatured onstage portrayal in this opera? How did they feel when the opera was promptly banned from the Met? Amazingly, the 27-year long fight for the opera’s return was largely orchestrated by Jewish administrators, songwriters and performers. In this
captivating lecture, Samantha Madison Cooper takes us on an audio-visual journey through archival findings, shedding light on Americanization, anti-Semitism, self-hatred, Jewish humour and immigrant experience.
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Jacob Family Theatre at the Posluns Auditorium
3560 Bathurst St