Blackness in Opera

University of Illinois Press
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Blackness in Opera critically examines the intersections of race and music in the multifaceted genre of opera. A diverse cross-section of scholars places well-known operas (Porgy and Bess, Aida, Treemonisha) alongside lesser-known works such as Frederick Delius's Koanga, William Grant Still's Blue Steel, and Clarence Cameron White's Ouanga! to reveal a new historical context for re-imagining race and blackness in opera. The volume brings a wide-ranging, theoretically informed, interdisciplinary approach to questions about how blackness has been represented in these operas, issues surrounding characterization of blacks, interpretation of racialized roles by blacks and whites, controversies over race in the theatre and the use of blackface, and extensions of blackness along the spectrum from grand opera to musical theatre and film. In addition to essays by scholars, the book also features reflections by renowned American tenor George Shirley. Contributors are Naomi André, Melinda Boyd, Gwynne Kuhner Brown, Karen M. Bryan, Melissa J. de Graaf, Christopher R. Gauthier, Jennifer McFarlane-Harris, Gayle Murchison, Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., Eric Saylor, Sarah Schmalenberger, Ann Sears, George Shirley, and Jonathan O. Wipplinger.
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About the author

Naomi André is an associate professor of women's studies at the University of Michigan. Karen M. Bryan is a professor and chair of the department of music at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Eric Saylor is an associate professor of musicology at Drake University.
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Publisher
University of Illinois Press
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Published on
Mar 1, 2012
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Pages
304
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ISBN
9780252093890
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Language
English
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Genres
Music / General
Music / Genres & Styles / Opera
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
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