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Black opera : history, power, engagement

Author: Naomi Adele André
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From classic films like Carmen Jones to contemporary works like The Diary of Sally Hemings and U-Carmen eKhayelitsa, American and South African artists and composers have used opera to reclaim black people's place in history. The author draws on the experiences of performers and audiences to explore this music's resonance with listeners in the twenty-first century. Interacting with creators and performers, as well  Read more...
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Black opera
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2018.
(DLC) 2017056072
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Naomi Adele André
ISBN: 9780252050619 0252050614
OCLC Number: 1039322947
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Engaged Opera --
Black Opera across the Atlantic : Writing Black Music History and Opera's Unusual Place --
Haunted Legacies : Interracial Secrets From the Diary of Sally Hemings --
Contextualizing Race and Gender in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess --
Carmen : From Nineteenth-Century France to Settings in the United States and South Africa in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries --
Winnie, Opera, and South African Artistic Nationhood --
Conclusion : Engaged Musicology, Political Action, and Social Justice.
Responsibility: Naomi André.

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From classic films like Carmen Jones to contemporary works like The Diary of Sally Hemings and U-Carmen eKhayelitsa, American and South African artists and composers have used opera to reclaim black people's place in history. The author draws on the experiences of performers and audiences to explore this music's resonance with listeners in the twenty-first century. Interacting with creators and performers, as well as with the works themselves, the author reveals how Black opera unearths suppressed truths. These truths provoke complex, if uncomfortable, reconsideration of racial, gender, sexual, and other oppressive ideologies. Opera, in turn, operates as a cultural and political force that employs an immense, transformative power to represent - or even liberate.--description from publisher's website.

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