New Book Looks at the Role of Blacks in Opera

The Root Recommends: A new book that examines the influence of race and blackness in opera.

University of Illinois Press
University of Illinois Press

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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