Empowering the Women in French Romantic Opera Public Deposited

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  • June 10, 2022
  • Miller, Kennedy
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music
  • The Robinson Honors Fellowship granted me the opportunity to perform and study French Romantic opera in Miami Beach and Cincinnati in the summer of 2021. I understudied the title role in Massenet's Cendrillon and performed as Third Spirit at the Miami Beach Classical Music Festival while undergoing coachings, masterclasses, and lessons with esteemed faculty. I then travelled to Cincinnati to perform in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music's Bizet Opera Gala, featuring three of his operas. All four of the operas I interacted with feature female protagonists written by men and for a primary audience of men, meaning the empowerment of these characters was not prioritized. While growing my vocal craft, I researched the historicity of these operas and the women who have played these roles, discovering how female opera singers have long found ways to reclaim their power in operas that may have been originally disempowering.
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