En Travesti / Edition 1

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— Michael and Linda Hutcheon, Cambridge Opera Journal

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In these 12 interdisciplinary, mostly accessible scholarly essays, opera-loving Engish professors and teachers of women's studies courses tell of their favorite trouser roles in opera, question received notions about historic divas, and more. Lesbian music scholar Judith Peraino identifies herself with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas because it is "Other"other than "real" opera, that is, because it bore no offspring in English operatic history and was written for girls to perform. "Queer" musicologist Mitchell Morris identifies himself with Countess Geschwitz in Berg's Lulu and speculates about the composer's sexual secrets in frankly gossipy style. A lesbian-oriented companion to Wayne Koestenbaum's The Queen's Throat (LJ 1/93), and the other side of the story told by Catherine Clement's Opera, or the Undoing of Women (Univ. of Minnessota Pr., 1988), this latest volume in Columbia's well-regarded series is recommended for academic collections as well as public libraries serving patrons who seriously love to argue over opera.Bonnie Jo Dopp, Montgomery Cty. P.L., Rockville, Md.
Booknews
Thirteen essays on cross-dressing, sexuality, and female homoeroticism in opera. Essay titles include: what are these women doing in opera?; the lost voice of Rosine Stoltz; singing in Greek drag: Gluck, Berlioz, George Eliot; the lesbian in the opera: desire unmasked in Smyth's Fantasio and Fete Galante; and the ecstasies of Saint Teresa--the saint as queer diva. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

PATRICIA JULIANA SMITH is the author of Lesbian Panic (Columbia). CORINNE E. BLACKMER teaches at Southern Connecticut State University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 In Praise of Brigitte Fassbaender: Reflections on Diva Worship 20
3 What Are These Women Doing in Opera? 59
4 I Am An Opera: Identifying with Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas 99
5 Ruggiero's Deceptions, Cherubino's Distractions 132
6 Tancredi Continues 152
7 The Lost Voice of Rosine Stoltz 169
8 Jenny Lind and the Voice of America 190
9 Singing in Greek Drag: Gluck, Berlioz, George Eliot 216
10 Gli Enigmi Sono Tre: The [D]evolution of Turandot, Lesbian Monster 242
11 The Lesbian in the Opera: Desire Unmasked in Smyth's Fantasio and Fete Galante 285
12 The Ecstasies of Saint Teresa: The Saint as Queer Diva from Crashaw to Four Saints in Three Acts 306
13 Admiring the Countess Geschwitz 348
Contributors 371
Index 375
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