Naomi Andre’s Blackness in Opera unravels the influence and interplay of race in the world of opera. Discussing well-known operas that highlight race, including Porgy and Bess and Otello, alongside lesser-known works like Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, the book examines the ways that opera addresses race and interprets blackness. Andre includes essays and opinions from various opera and African-American-studies scholars to look at the intersection of race, blackness and opera through the years.
Blackness in Opera is now available online and in bookstores.
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