In two recent operas, Anna Nicole (2011) and American Lulu (2013), artists have updated and adapted the genre’s old archetype of the fallen woman – and moved the setting to the American South. In his talk, Nicholas Stevens, a PhD candidate in the Department of Music, demonstrates how the sounds of stateside popular music help European composers and writers remake a fundamentally nineteenth-century storyline. Historical musicology, film and television studies, and cultural theory light the way in this examination of contemporary opera’s American femmes fatales.”
Pre-lecture reception begins at 4:15 pm.
For a video of the presentation, click HERE.