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First published: March 1, 2024 - Last updated: March 1, 2024


Author: Margaret Cormier

Title: Rape at the Opera

Subtitle: Staging Sexual Violence

Place: Ann Arbor. MI

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Year: 2024

Pages: x + 200pp.

Series: Music and Social Justice

ISBN-13: 9780472076291 (hc.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780472056293 (pbk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780472903634 (ebk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century | European History: Austrian History, German History, Italian History | Types: Rape; Representations: Musical Theatre / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Rossini, Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi


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  Illustrations (p. vii)
  Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  Introduction (p. 1)
    Opera’s Sexual Violence Problem (p. 2)
    Opera in Production (p. 6)
    Feminist Spectatorship (p. 7)
    Care Ethics (p. 8)
  One. Staging Rape Myths in Don Giovanni (p. 16)
    Act 1, Scene 1 (p. 19)
    “Don Ottavio, son morta! . . . Or sai chi l’onore” (p. 23)
    “Alfin siam liberati . . . Là ci darem la mano” (p. 29)
    Act 1 Finale (p. 32)
    Act 2, Scene 1 (p. 36)
    “In quali eccessi, o Numi . . . Mi tradì” (p. 37)
  Two. Salome as Victim (p. 47)
    Trauma and Agency in Atom Egoyan’s Salome (p. 50)
    Emergent Tropes in Sex Abuse Salomes (p. 56)
    Rape as Performance in the Dance of the Seven Veils (p. 67)
  Three. Die Entführung aus dem Serail and the Limits of Critique (p. 79)
    Calixto Bieito’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (p. 81)
    Violence and Desensitization (p. 83)
    Sexual Violence and Agency in Captivity (p. 85)
    Performing Rape (p. 89)
    Production as Criticism (p. 98)
    Wajdi Mouawad’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (p. 101)
    Agency and the Absence of Violence (p. 104)
    Orientalism and Reparation (p. 109)
  Four. Rape in/as Warfare. The Perils of Allegory (p. 115)
    Sexual Violence and Agency in Armed Conflict (p. 119)
    Rape in/as Performance (p. 123)
    Sexual Violence and Critical Staging (p. 128)
    Rape as a Metaphor (p. 136)
  Conclusion (p. 142)
  Appendix: Don Giovanni Productions (p. 149)
  Notes (p. 151)
  Bibliography (p. 177)
  Index (p. 187)

Description: »The most-performed operas today were written at least a hundred years ago and carry some outdated and deeply problematic ideas. When performed uncritically, the misogyny, racism, and other ideologies present in many of these works clash with modern sensibilities. In Rape at the Opera, Margaret Cormier argues that production and performance are vital elements of opera, and that contemporary opera practitioners not only interpret but create operatic works when they put them onstage. Where some directors explicitly respond to contemporary dialogues about sexual violence, others utilize sexual violence as a surefire way to titillate, to shock, and to generate press for a new production.
Drawing on archival footage as well as attendance at live events, Cormier analyzes productions of canonic operas from German, Italian, and French traditions from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, including Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Giovanni, La forza del destino, Un ballo in maschera, Salome, and Turandot. In doing so, Cormier highlights the dynamism of twenty-first-century opera performance practice with regard to sexual violence, establishes methods to evaluate representations of sexual violence on the opera stage, and reframes the primary responsibility of opera critics and creators as being not to opera composers and librettists but to the public.« (Source: University of Michigan Press)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Austria, History of Germany, History of Italy | Opera: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Don Giovanni, Die Entführung aus dem Serail | Opera: Giacomo Puccini / Turandot | Opera: Gioachino Rossini / William Tell (opera) | Opera: Richard Strauss / Salome (opera) | Opera: Giuseppe Verdi / La forza del destino, Un ballo in maschera | Sex and the law: Rape / History of rape