Lars Berglund and Ola Wiberg: "Carl Lilliecrona Goes to the Opera"

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken - Eng2-0047
  • Organiser: The Department of Literature, The Department of Modern Languages, and Uppsala Travel Writing Seminar (RELS)
  • Contact person: Paula Henrikson, Christina Kullberg
  • Seminarium

The Higher Seminar in Literature with The Department of Modern Languages and The Cross-Disciplinary Travel Writing Seminar (RELS)

Lars Berglund, Department of Musicology, and Ola Wiberg, Department of Education/History: "Carl Lilliecrona Goes to the Opera: An Eyewitness Account from Rome, 1642"


On February 27, 1642, the young nobleman Carl Lilliecrona, who was on an  educational journey through Europe, arrived in Rome. Already the next day, he was personally invited by Cardinal Antonio Barberini to attend an opera performance in the new theatre of the Barberini Palace at Quattro Fontane. The opera was Il palazzo incantato by Luigi Rossi and Giulio Rospiglioso (later Pope Clemence IX). This was one of the most mythical opera productions in the first half of the  seventeenth-century. In his travel journal, Lilliecrona describes this  experience in a detailed and graphic manner, in what is a unique source of historical reception. In our presentation, we put both the journey and the opera performance in a wider historical context.