The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres




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Due to organizational problems linked to the Covid-19 emergency, the international conference "The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres" has been postponed to 1-3 September 2021.

The Acoustical Society of Italy (AIA) and the European Acoustics Association (E.A.A.), with the collaboration of the Hellenic Institute of Acoustics (HEL.IN.A.), organize the Symposium “The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres” that will be held at Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the city of Verona, Italy, from 1 to 3 September 2021.

The Symposium on The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres, the second on this topic after the one held in Patras (Greece) in 2011, aims to bring together experts to present and discuss all aspects related to the acoustic properties of these monuments which are often still used for public performances including opera, drama, speech and music.

The evolution and development of new technologies for the multichannel measurement systems, together with acoustic simulations, auralisation methods and virtual reconstructions, have generated renewed interest in these spaces.

These aspects, as well as more interdisciplinary studies, will be presented and discussed. The event will be included among the initiatives of the International Year of Sound (IYS 2020) promoted by the International Commission for Acoustics (ICA).

Instructions for the proceedings will follow on the website. Every registered author can present up to two papers.

An award will be given to the best oral and poster presentations.

Selected papers will be considered to be published in a Special Issue of a journal after the Symposium, following peer-reviewing process.  



31 January 2021: Deadline for abstract submission.

15 February 2021: Notification of acceptance of abstracts.

30 April 2021: Preliminary program.

30 April 2021: Deadline for regular registration.

30 April 2021: Deadline for paper submission.

31 May 2021: Final program.

Due to organizational problems linked to the Covid-19 emergency, the international conference "The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres" has been postponed to 1-3 September  2021. The abstract submission is temporarily suspended.


Authors are invited to submit a contribution on the following structured sessions.

• Discussion on acoustical parameters for ancient open-air theatres (Chairmen: Jens Holger Rindel)

• SIPARIO - Spatial audio techniques for 3D measurements and recordings in ancient theatres (Chairmen: Angelo Farina, Lamberto Tronchin)

• Modern use of ancient performance spaces (Chairmen: Louena Shtrepi, Luca della Torre)

• Challenges in open-air theatres simulation and analysis (Chairmen: Dario D’Orazio, Brian Hamilton, John Mourjopoulos)

• Sound amplification of large outdoor spaces (Chairmen: Guido Diamanti)

• Perception of speech and music in performance spaces (Chairmen: Nicola Prodi, Jens Blauert)

• Soundscape of archeological sites (Chairmen: J. Kang, Francesco Aletta, Kalliopi Chourmouziadou)

• Acoustics of opera singing (Chairmen: Pasquale Bottalico, Mario Cognini, Alessio Carullo)

• Ritual spaces in ancient times: caves, temples, and early Christian churches (Chairmen: Francesco Martellotta, Francesco Asdrubali)

• In situ-characterisation of acoustic materials (Chairmen: Francesco Asdrubali, Francesco Martellotta) Contributions are not limited to the above sessions.

Other topics such as virtual reconstruction of ancient buildings and spaces, archaeo-acoustics, ‘ancient' theatres vs. Renaissance, Baroque and 'modern' theaters, etc. are also welcome.

To submit a new abstract go to this page (not available yet). Information about submission procedure are available at this link (not available yet).

Regular registration (deadline April 30, 2021)

- AIA Members: € 300

- EAA Members: € 300

- Non-Members: € 350

- Students: € 150

- Retired Members: € 150

Late registration (after April 30, 2021)

- AIA Members: € 350

- EAA Members: € 350

- Non-Members: € 400

- Students: € 180

- Retired Members: € 180

Registration fees includes technical program, workshops, proceedings, technical visits, coffee and lunch breaks, welcome reception. The indicated prices are all VAT included, when applicable.

The preliminary program will be available on the 30 th of April 2021.


• Technical visits to the Arena in Verona and the Roman Theatre. Possible visit to the Philharmonic Theatre.

• Workshops (under organization)

• Invited speakers also from related inter-disciplinary fields (archaeologists, historians, etc)

Performances in the Arena during the Symposium: 

- Wednesday, September 1st 2021, Nabucco,

- Thursday, September 2nd 2021, La Traviata,

- Friday,  September 3rd 2021, Turandot,

- Saturday, September 4th 2021, AIDA

General Chairs

Arianna Astolfi - TC-RBA of the E.A.A., Patrizio Fausti - A.I.A., John Mourjopoulos - HEL.IN.A.

Organising committee (preliminary)

Eleonora Carletti (IT) - CNR-Imamoter, Mario Cognini (IT) - Ordine Ingegneri Verona, Antonino Di Bella (IT) - University of Padua, Jacopo Fogola (IT) - ARPA Piemonte, Massimiliano Masullo (IT) - University of Campania, Francesca Pedrielli (IT)- CNR-Imamoter, Chiara Visentin (IT) - University of Ferrara, Andrea Santoni (IT) - University of Ferrara

Advisory Board (preliminary)

Gustavo Basso (AR) - University of La Plata, Jens Blauert (DE) - Emeritus, Ruhr University Bochum, Alessandro Cocchi (IT) - Emeritus University of Bologna, Massimo Garai (IT) - University of Bologna, Jian Kang (UK) - University College London, Roberto Pompoli (IT) - Emeritus University of Ferrara, Michael Taroudakis (GR) - University of Crete, Michael Vorländer (DE) - RWTH Aachen University

Scientific committee (preliminary)

Francesco Asdrubali (IT) - University of Roma Tre, Nikos Barkas (GR) - Hellenic Institute of Acoustics, Dario D'Orazio (IT) - University of Bologna, Angelo Farina (IT) - University of Parma, Tapio Lokki (FI) - Aalto University, Luigi Maffei (IT) - University of Campania, Francesco Martellotta (IT) - Politecnico of Bari, Jean-Dominique Polack (FR) - Sorbonne University, Nicola Prodi (IT) - University of Ferrara, Jens Holger Rindel (DK) - Odeon A/S, Louena Shtrepi (IT) - Politecnico of Torino Lamberto Tronchin (IT) - A.E.S. Italy


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