Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement (Paperback)

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Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement (Paperback)
By Naomi André

From classic films like Carmen Jones to contemporary works like The Diary of Sally Hemings and U-Carmen eKhayelitsa, American and South African artists and composers have used opera to reclaim black people’s place in history.

Naomi André draws on the experiences of performers and audiences to explore this music’s resonance with today’s listeners. Interacting with creators and performers, as well as with the works themselves, André reveals how black opera unearths suppressed truths. These truths provoke complex, if uncomfortable, reconsideration of racial, gender, sexual, and other oppressive ideologies. Opera, in turn, operates as a cultural and political force that employs an immense, transformative power to represent or even liberate.

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (May 4, 2018)
  • Dimensions: 6” W x 0.7” D x 9” H


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