Voicing Persephone: Narrative, Voice and Structure in The Pomegranate Cycle

Klein, Eve (2014) Voicing Persephone: Narrative, Voice and Structure in The Pomegranate Cycle. Musicology Australia, 36 1: 74-89. doi:10.1080/08145857.2014.896072

Author Klein, Eve
Title Voicing Persephone: Narrative, Voice and Structure in The Pomegranate Cycle
Journal name Musicology Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0814-5857
Publication date 2014-06-12
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08145857.2014.896072
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 36
Issue 1
Start page 74
End page 89
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Historical repertory commonly uses threats to a women's virtue, her person, or her death as a narrative device to produce the moral or emotional climax in opera. The fate of these female characters reinforces patriarchal notions of femininity and acceptable gender behaviour, or alternatively is intended to reveal the complexity of feeling experienced by male characters. This is problematic because historical opera forms the overwhelming majority of all operatic works staged by major opera houses. This article documents the way The Pomegranate Cycle (2010) confronts archaic representations of women in opera and models a new narrative trajectory of healing and growth for its central female character, Persephone. It examines key choices in the works story, structure and power-relations embedded in vocal timbres as a mean of commenting on problems in the operatic tradition and its historical development. In doing so, this article seeks to encourage the production of new operatic works, especially works where female characters exhibit autonomy, and where female singers have more choice and agency over the kinds of women they portray through their performing bodies.
Keyword Opera
Creative Practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Music Publications
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Created: Tue, 29 Sep 2015, 16:43:35 EST by Eve Klein on behalf of School of Music