« Opera and musical theater have a lengthy history as vehicles for the expression of political ideologies, national identities, and the dynamics of race, class, and gender. The Black American composer H. Lawrence Freeman (1869–1954) regarded opera as uniquely suited to tell the stories of the African diasporic experience. Black composers, librettists, and performers have embraced opera despite its roots in whiteness and colonialism. Yet American operatic institutions have resisted embracing them back. Black singers have fared little better—often denied entry into the opera house in all but a few, racialized roles.
This symposium addresses the topic of Black Opera in its most capacious sense, welcoming research papers on all aspects of the composition, production, performance, history, and criticism of Black opera and the experiences of Black practitioners (composers, librettists, producers, performers, etc.) in the field of opera. We also celebrate and bring attention to Black opera composers through performances of their work. Proposals for lecture-recitals and performance of operatic excerpts are encouraged. We welcome the participation of researchers, opera practitioners, and especially UNC Greensboro students and alumni. »
Date limite de soumission : 29 novembre 2021.
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