Electronic Theses and Dissertations

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Open Access Thesis

Keywords

Sex in opera; Transgenderism; Sex in music;

Abstract

This interdisciplinary text examines the lack of transgender inclusion in Western classical music, especially through the lens of opera. By looking at the dearth of transgender characters, singers, and composers, as well as the author’s personal experiences as a transgender singer in classical spaces, this project develops a strong position on ways that Western classical music should work to incorporate transgender voices, both literally and figuratively.

Some of these methods are modeled in this thesis, such as consultations with other transgender artists, transgeneric devising, and trans-centric composing. The author worked with local transgender singers to understand their views on opera, and from those sessions composed three arias for transgender voices, which are presented here. These arias are embedded self-reflexively in a performative document that embraces several different writing contexts, such as epic poetry, diaries, Socratic dialogues, legislation, and course writing.

Date of Award

2015

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Women's and Gender Studies Program

First Advisor

Cynthia Goatley, Chair

Comments

Download button contains PDF document of the official record for meeting the degree requirements, abstract, and recital program.

Date Original

2015

Object Description

1 PDF file (vi, 153 pages)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 License.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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Music Commons

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