Equity in Operatic Casting as Perceived by African American Male Singers (Distinguished Dissertations)

Equity in Operatic Casting as Perceived by African American Male Singers (Distinguished Dissertations)

By: Jason Oby (author)Hardback

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This is a study of the casting of black male opera singers in the US, addressing issues which have been hitherto neglected. Offering evidence of the sociological problems which need to be tackled to overcome misconceptions, this text includes an interview with George Shirley and quotes from Simon Estes, Arthur Thompson and Vinson Cole.

Contents

Introduction - issues affecting the contributions of the African American male in pursuit of an operatic career; African Americans in opera - an historical context - breaking barriers in the civil rights era; African Americans in history and modern society - African American men on the operatic scene; "Porgy and Bess"; realism within the confines of theatrical convention and race - suspension of reality in opera - race, gender discrepancies in opera; the myth of realism in casting make-up to alter racial appearance; our study - the range of issues affecting the African American male in opera; Jason Oby/George Shirley interview, May 6, 1995; conclusions - demography - their perceptions, personnel; appendices - A - letter sent to African American male singers, B - perceptions survey sent to African American male singers, C - perceptions survey response frequency, D - frequency and percentage tables to selected survey responses; biographical sketch.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773422254
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 116
  • ID: 9780773422254
  • ISBN10: 0773422250

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