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    The Unsung One: The Performer’s Voice in Twentieth-century Musical Monodrama

    Placanica, Francesca (2018) The Unsung One: The Performer’s Voice in Twentieth-century Musical Monodrama. Journal of Musicological Research, 37 (2). pp. 119-140. ISSN 0141-1896

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    In an examination of the evident yet overlooked subject of the singing body in opera studies, focusing on the soloist’s voice and role in twentieth-century musical stage works for a single performer offers a number of engaging insights. By observing contemporary staging and practices in light of current performance theories and studies of voice and opera, it is possible to construct an alternative reading of the performer’s embodied voice in musical monodrama, until now not fully addressed in the opera studies discourse. I argue that the performer’s agency should be redefined as a compelling extra-text to be asserted both theoretically and practically in the discourse and production surrounding twentieth-century monodrama and music theater stage works for one performer.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Unsung One; Performer’s Voice; Twentieth-century Musical Monodrama;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Music
    Item ID: 12994
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    Depositing User: Francesca Placanica
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 10:15
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Musicological Research
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes

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