Opera: The Empowerment of Women

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Opera, women, music, performance, soprano


Music | Music Performance | Women's Studies


The subject of female characters in opera has raised much controversy over the last few decades, especially with the heightened sense of awareness for women's rights and femininity. It is important that with this controversy come an understanding and awareness that not all opera is degrading to women. This is the reason why I have chosen to study the subject of women in opera. It is important to have many opinions to look at and listen to; unfortunately, most of the opinions of opera's women are negative. Many critics, musicologists, and people of a professional nature, most of whom are female, have expressed distaste at the way women are portrayed in opera. One woman in particular has chosen to jump headfirst into this subject and write a book.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status


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