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- Musician type
- Orchestra conducting, cello
- Host institution
- Antwerp University
- Personal website
Stijn Saveniers is a multifaceted conductor, cellist and researcher.
He is the artistic director of his own comic music theatre company, Volksopera Antwerp; as a cellist and regularly as a conductor he is a fixed member of the Antwerp based contemporary music ensemble HERMES; and as a doctoral researcher he is connected to the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, the docARTES program at the Orpheus Institute Ghent, and to the Study Centre for Flemish Music, where he collaborated, apart from his ongoing research into musical comedy, in projects on Charles Lecocq, Pierre Suremont, La Malibran and Joseph Ryelandt, i.a.
Saveniers conducted a wide variety of productions: opera, operetta, ballet, symphonic and chamber orchestra repertoire, oratory and contemporary music. Furthermore, he remains active in a number of chamber music formations, is regularly asked for recordings, writes arrangements and orchestrations, and provides for the publication of reductions.
Humor in the performance of operetta is not limited to the literary dimension of the libretto. The music – or its absence – forms an essential dramaturgical interpretation of the libretto. It proves, however, to be challenging to balance the musical text, the lyrics and the spoken portions of the libretto in such a way that they reinforce each other.
From my experience as an operetta conductor, the interpretation of the music score is key to obtaining that balance.
This research project aims at defining humor techniques related to operetta music scores, using three Belgian Belle Époque operettas as case studies, and developing a proposition to operationalize these humor techniques within a contemporary narrative.