Are there any links between chemistry and opera?
According to João Paulo André, the next guest of FEUP’s Reading Club , the two apparently distant worlds can be related. João Paulo André, docent and researcher at the Escola de Ciências of the University of Minho, will go through the history of opera and will illustrate the presence of chemistry in its narratives.
Named after his book’s title, the session “Poções e Paixões” will be held on December 6, at 12:45 pm, in the Sala de Atos of the Department of Chemical Engineering of FEUP. Joaquim Faria, docent of the Department of Chemical Engineering, will moderate the debate.
Maestro José Ferreira Lobo will present the concert “Visitação à Ópera de Dalila de Camille Saint- Saëns”, to be held in the FEUP’s Auditorium on the same date at 9:30pm.
About the speaker:
João Paulo André graduated in Chemistry (Educational Branch) at the University of Coimbra, obtained his doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and he is Assistant Professor of the Chemistry Department of the University of Minho.
His scientific and academic interests include the development and characterization of the metal complexes for medical imaging, the history of chemistry and scientific dissemination. He is the author of a critical analysis of the presence of chemistry and pharmacy in the work of Eça de Queiroz (in Dicionário de Eça de Queiroz, Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda, 2015) and the book Poções e Paixões – Química e Ópera (Gradiva, 2018).