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Feminist to the Core: La Bohéme

Erica Richardson, English and Comparative Literature, PhD candidate and 2017-2018 Graduate Fellow How does the microphone create new sounds of intimacy out of the traditional opera? How can a singer’s voice and body express the excesses of a female character’s interiority in performance? What happens when we turn to feminist artists to provide an intellectual critique of the opera? Does the adaptation of opera into musical reframe gender norms? These questions and more were explored in the IRWGS and Department of Music Feminist to the Core program addressing Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohéme (1896). Suzanne Cusick, Professor of Music at
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