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Black OperaHistory, Power, Engagement$
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Naomi André

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041921

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041921.001.0001

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Engaged Musicology, Political Action, and Social Justice

Engaged Musicology, Political Action, and Social Justice

(p.193) Conclusion Engaged Musicology, Political Action, and Social Justice
Black Opera

Naomi André

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines a new analytical paradigm called “Engaged Musicology” that allows for reading opera as an art form that has potential for being a site for critical inquiry, political activism, and social change. It is fleshed out in two real-life situations: a cutting-edge new production of Bizet’s Carmen (a Trans Carmen in prison) and a concert version performance of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. The potential of an engaged musicological practice allows old and new, standard and underrepresented narratives to be voiced in opera. Such a practice would both invite new audiences into the opera house and present traditional opera goers with new realities.

Keywords:   Engaged Musicology, Trans Carmen, Prison, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, political activism, social justice

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