General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Law and Opera
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Przemysław Krzywoszyński
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position university professor
Faculty Faculty of Law and Administration
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 10-LO


Collegium Iuridicum Novum (CIN), al. Niepodległości 53



Module aim (aims)

1. Making participants familiar with history of opera from legal perspective.

2. Placing the most important opera works within European legal and political doctrines.

3. Presenting the complexity of problems related to copyright and institutional aspects of opera.  

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



1. Organizational class

2. Law and Opera as elemnts of culture

3. Basic forms and geners. Introduction to the theory of opera I

4. Basic forms and geners. Introduction to the theory of opera II

5. Legal history of Opera I: Introduction

6. Legal history of Opera II: History and problems of the copyright

7. Legal history of Opera III: Opera as an institution

8. Law as a topic of opera: great trials

9. Law as a topic of opera: justice and fate

10. Law as topic of opera: punishment, reconciliation vs. injustice

11. Opera's influence on law changes I

12. Opera's influence on law changes II

13. Opear's influences on law changes III

14. Legal aspectcs of democratiaztion process of opera I

15. Legal aspects of democratization process of opera II.

Reading list


1. A. Batta, Opera. Composers, Works, Performances, Koln: Konemann Verlag Gesselschaft, 1999

2. M. Cross, Stories of the Great Operas, Washington: A Washington Square Press Book, 1961

3. M. Gmys, Readin Starobinski. The Solar Myth of Revolution in the Music of 18th and 19th Centuries, in: "Early Music. Context and Ideas", Kraków: Institute of Musicology, Jagiellonian University 2003, p. 192-196

4. A. Jacobs, S. Sade, The Pan book of Opera, London PANBOOKS LTD., 1964

5. P. Krzywoszyński, "Regional Identity Conflicts in Romantic Operas in the First Half of the 19th Century", in:  Beetwen Time and Space, ed. S. Riukuletho, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015, p. 103-114

6. P. Krzywoszyński, J. Woleński, "Law and Fate in "Norma", "I Puritani", "Aida" and "Tosca", in: Law and Opera, ed. F. Annuziata, G. Colombo, Berlin: Springer 2018, p. 173-193.