The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres

Due to organisational problems linked to the Covid-19 emergency, the international conference "The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres" will be postponed until end-June/early-July 2021. The new dates will be fixed as soon as we have information regarding the programme of the performances in the Arena di Verona.

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 The Symposium “The Acoustics of Ancient Theatres” that will be held at Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the city of Verona, Italy, from 2 to 4 September 2020.

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.

15 April 2020: Deadline for abstract submission

30 April 2020: Notification of acceptance of abstracts

15 May 2020: Preliminary program

31 May 2020: Deadline for regular registration

08 June 2020: Deadline for paper submission

30 June 2020: Final program

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.

Information about submission procedure are available at this LINK.

Regular registration (deadline May 31, 2020)
- AIA Members: € 300
- EAA Members: € 300
- Non-Members: € 350
- Students: € 150
- Retired Members: € 150

Late registration (after May 31, 2020)
- 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 27th of April 2020.

• 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 (starting at 20:45, tickets not included):
o Tuesday September 1st, 2020, Aida
o Wednesday September 2nd, 2020, La Traviata
o Thursday September 3rd, 2020, Turandot
o Friday September 4th, 2020, Nabucco
o Saturday September 5th, 2020, 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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