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CFP: Opera and Musical Theater in the United States

Thursday, June 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
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CFP: Opera and Musical Theater in the United States

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Dates: March 23-25, 2018

Event Website: http://www.mtsu.edu/music/operaconference.php

Venue: Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro TN (30 miles south of Nashville)

Inquiries: Joseph.Morgan@mtsu.edu

The program committee welcomes a diversity of methodological and disciplinary perspectives on opera and musical theater in the United States, including their precedents. From the imported and home-grown ballad operas of the 18th century to the musical skits and highbrow/lowbrow parodies of minstrelsy, from opera in the immigrant experience to contemporary productions at the Met or  Broadway, we seek a cross sectional glance at the rich and diverse history and culture of our subject.   We welcome perspectives from across the spectrum of musicological investigation including (but not limited to) those based on an ethnographical, historical, pedagogical, performance studies, sociological, or theoretical approaches.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 20th and 21st Century Opera
  • Opera on Film
  • Canonization and Repertories
  • Minimalism and Post-Minimalism
  • Predecessors of musical theater
  • Foreign opera adapted for, and traveling opera companies in, the United States
  • Transcontinental connections, e.g. Britain, China and the United States
  • Masking, race, and gender: blackface, whiteface, drag
  • “Ethnic” theater: immigrant audiences, languages, and repertoires: Yiddish, German, Chinese, etc
  • Economics and demographics of urban musical theater
  • Touring circuits and related genres (Chautauquas, soloists, circuses, opera, blackface, vaudeville)
  • Musical theater and class: on-stage and in the audience

Presentations may take the form of traditional paper presentations, panel sessions, roundtable discussions, posters, or lecture recitals. Authors of the strongest papers will be invited to revise their work into critical essays for a projected book-length collection.

Submission Guidelines:

To be considered, submit a 250-word abstract and 50-word biography to Joseph.Morgan@mtsu.edu by November 1, 2017.  Presenters will be notified in early January, 2018 of the status of their proposal.


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