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Blackness in Opera

Naomi Andre, Karen M. Bryan, and Eric Saylor


This book 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 characteri ... More

Keywords: race, music, opera, blackness, theater, blackface, blacks, Koanga, Blue Steel, film

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036781
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Andre, editor
University of Michigan

Karen M. Bryan, editor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Eric Saylor, editor
Drake University