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Blackness in Opera

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Blackness in Opera
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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"--Publisher description.
Title: Blackness in opera
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2012.
Characteristics: xii, 289 p. :,ill., music ;,25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: representing blackness on the operatic stage
From Otello to Porgy: blackness, masculinity, and morality in opera / Naomi André
Hearing the other in The masque of blackness / Sarah Schmalenberger
Nationalism, racial difference, and "Egyptian" meaning in Verdi's Aida / Christopher R. Gauthier and Jennifer McFarlane-Harris
Race, "realism," and fate in Frederick Delius's Koanga / Eric Saylor
Political currents and black culture in Scott Joplin's Treemonisha / Ann Sears
Clarence Cameron White's Ouanga! in the world of the Harlem Renaissance / Karen M. Bryan
New paradigms in William Grant Still's Blue steel / Gayle Murchison
Performers in Catfish Row: Porgy and Bess as collaboration / Gwynne Kuhner Brown
Searching for "authenticity" in Paul Bowles's Denmark Vesey / Melissa J. de Graaf
The politics of color in Oscar Hammerstein's Carmen Jones / Melinda Boyd
Performing race in Ernst Krenek's Jonny spielt auf / Jonathan O. Wipplinger
Il rodolfo nero, or the masque of blackness / George Shirley.
Summary: "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"--Publisher description.
Local Note: 53
Additional Contributors: André, Naomi Adele
Bryan, Karen M. - 1954- - (Karen McGaha),
Saylor, Eric
ISBN: 9780252036781
0252036786
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Naomi Andre, Karen M. Bryan, and Eric Saylor
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Opera Social aspects History. Opera Political aspects History. Blacks in opera. Race in opera. Music and race.
Topical Term: Opera
Opera
Blacks in opera.
Race in opera.
Music and race.
LCCN: 2011027787
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