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Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

Naomi André


This is a book about thinking, interpreting, and writing about music in performance that incorporates how race, gender, sexuality, and nation help shape the analysis of opera today. Case-study operas are chosen within the diaspora of the United States and South Africa. Both countries had segregation policies that kept black performers and musicians out of opera. During the civil rights movement and after apartheid, black performers in both countries not only excelled in opera, they also began writing their own stories into the genre. Featured operas in this study span the Atlantic and bring to ... More

Keywords: Opera, Race, Gender, Sexuality, Nation, Diaspora, intersectional analysis, blackness in opera, civil rights, apartheid, From the Diary of Sally Hemings, Porgy and Bess, Carmen, Carmen Jones, Carmen: A Hip-Hopera, U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, Winnie: The Opera, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Winnie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041921
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041921.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi André, author
University of Michigan