Black Opera, Operatic Racism, and an 'Engaged Opera Studies'

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View resource hereDavies, Sheila Boniface and James Q. Davies. 2012. ‘“So Take This Magic Flute and Blow. It Will Protect Us As We Go”: Impempe Yomlingo (2007-11) and South Africa’s Ongoing Transition’, The Opera Quarterly 28(1-2), 54-71. 

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Naomi André’s Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement is a call for recognition and inclusion. Over the course of nearly 300 pages, André covers a range of subjects, from long-forgotten concert performances, to opera, Broadway and opera film, to contemporary operatic composition and practice. As she does, she moves between the United States and South Africa – a striking way of approaching her material and a feature of the book that ought to prove highly influential. Some of the arguments she makes are new, some combine pre-existing thought and research in new ways. The most important moments, though, are when she pauses to describe her experiences or those of another black opera lover or group of black opera lovers.

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