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Modern Opera
Modern Opera
Ryan Ebright, Ph.D.
Composer Meredith Monk’s opera Atlas is an anomaly. Though operatic in some ways—it prizes the beauty of the human voice—it deviates from convention by conveying its narrative through music and movement, but not words. It was one of many that redefined the experience of opera in the 1980s and ‘90s. This presentation traces the development of Atlas, using the story of its creation as a window into broader transformations in American opera at the end of the twentieth century.
Ryan Ebright is a musicologist at Bowling Green State University. His work on 20th-century and contemporary opera has appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Cambridge Opera Journal, and American Music. His current book project, Making American Opera after “Einstein,” centers on the efforts of artists and institutions over the last forty years to redefine American opera. As a public scholar, he has given talks for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera Philadelphia, and Toledo Symphony.
Sponsored by Susan Fisher: “In memory of my parents who instilled in me and my sister a life long love of opera.”
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This Lecture Series was planned by:Carolyn Herman, John Kelly, Steve Nason, Neeki Rad, Craig Ramsay, and Frances Schultz (chair).
Lecture Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Lecture Date : 03/17/2022      
Program Year : 2021-22      
Term : Winter      
Fee : $10.00