Singing, Ventriloquism and the Body: Performing the Voice in Postopera

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Abstract

In certain cases of postdramatic recent opera, or postopera, there are numerous ventriloquism-like desynchronizations between what we see and what we hear at the same time while action of singing is taking place. Those desynchronizations are related to breaking of silent conventions in relation to the singing body and the voice it produces. In opera studies, those issues of ‘ventriloquism’ are for a long time being taken as ‘blind spots’. Illuminating those fluent non-semantic relationships, ‘liminal utterances’ between the singing bodies and sung voices, and discussing their statuses and effects bring to light intriguing findings in relation to what contemporary opera is, and how
it ‘talks’ about itself and the world that surrounds it. Those issues will be discussed in relation to recent pieces of some of the most important contemporary opera authors: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, John Adams, Michel van der Aa, Laurie Anderson and others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages14
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event23rd ICTM Colloquium Between Speech and Song: Liminal Utterances - Nanterre, Paris, France
Duration: 20 May 201522 May 2015

Conference

Conference23rd ICTM Colloquium Between Speech and Song: Liminal Utterances
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period20/05/1522/05/15

Keywords

  • canto
  • ventriloquismo
  • corpo
  • postopera

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