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Documents the changes in approaches to gender in opera in the early 19th century.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Hearing Voices
1. Sounding Voices: Modeling Voice and the Period Ear
2. Haunting Legacies: The Castrato in the Nineteenth Century
3. Meyerbeer in Italy: The Crusader, the Castrato, and the Disguised Second Woman
Interlude: Queens, Hybridity, and the Diva
4. Taming Women's Voices: From Hero to Pageboy
5. Women's Voices in Motion: Voices behind the Romantic Heroine
Coda: Looking Ahead to Risorgimento Heroism
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Naomi Andre is Associate Professor in the School of Music at the University of Michigan.

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In presenting the concept of the period ear as a way for today's audiences to hear the voices of the primo ottocento, Andre (Andre) (Univ. of Michigan) offers a solution to the problematic study of historical performance. The author differentiates between the various onstage female types and traces how a woman's voice represent[ed] both male and female characters during the time that opera diverged from supreme castrati reign and moved toward the era of the Romantic heroine. The opening chapters illustrate the prevailing fashion for castrati versus travesti (males in drag) early in the century, with some reference to more familiar pants role territory and a close study of how opera characters hear female voices onstage and how they respond musically, textually, and dramatically. A short interlude adopts the Bakhtinian hybrid as a model for understanding the 19th-century audience's approach to hearing gender. The first hint of self-confessed diva worship also appears here, in the form and voice of Maria Malibran. This widens in the final chapter to an in-depth study of soprano Giuditta Pasta, specifically of the title roles she created in Medea in Corinto, Norma, and Anna Bolena. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and faculty.

-- V. Vaughan * Choice *

Voicing Gender is essential reading for those hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the bel canto tradition. Andre's meticulous research, clear prose, and insightful commentary will increase our appreciation of a wide variety of works.

* OPERA JOURNAL *

Andre's study provides an exciting new perspective on the Romantic heroine's relationship to her operatic ancestors. Unwilling to cast a diva as devoid of agency and a mere product of growing misogyny among composers and librettists, Andre weaves a fresh historical narrative that makes sense of women's role as interpreter of primo ottocento opera. . . . As Irigaray might implore, Open your ears-don't open them simply.Vol. 13 2009

-- STEPHANIE JENSEN-Moulton * Women & Music *

In presenting the concept of 'the period ear' as a way for today's audiences to 'hear' the voices of the primo ottocento, Andre . . . offers a solution to the problematic study of historical performance. The author differentiates between the various onstage female types and traces 'how a woman's voice represent[ed] both male and female characters' during the time that opera diverged from supreme castrati reign and moved toward the era of the Romantic heroine. . . . Recommended.

* Choice *

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