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Jason D'Aoust presents “Invoking Nature and the Gods: Gestures of Address in Opera”

Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 4:30pm

Lincoln Hall, 124
Dept of Music, 101 Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-4101, USA

Jason D’Aoust is the author of a brilliant dissertation on “The Orpheus Figure in Voice, Music, and Media” (University of Western Ontario, 2013) and of important articles and book chapters on Wagner, post-humanist voices in literature and opera, voice in digital opera, and Queer voices. He is coeditor of a special issue of Opera Quarterly on “Vocal Embodiment and Remediation.”

D’Aoust argues that despite the prevalence of the concept of “voice” in literary criticism and musicology, sonorous voice, in fact, has been elided--not only in the conceptualization of “voice” in philosophy, literary theory, and musicology, but also in Jacques Derrida’s deconstruction of phonocentrism. The history and critical analysis of vocal music, he demonstrates, especially opera, provides a means of critique and a different framework for thinking about voice, media, and what it means to listen. His lecture at Cornell will focus on vocal “gestures of address” in opera and in current theories of the relation between musical voice and narrative. D’Aoust’s  lecture will address as well the musical narratology of Carolyn Abbate (In Search of Opera)  and its relation to critical theory.

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Lecture, Music


Department of Music, Comparative Literature




Free and open to all

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Cynthia Chase

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