Matters of Voice presents Martha Feldman: Regendering Opera for the 21st Century
4:30 - 5:30pm
Dr. Martha Feldman’s book on castrati, based on her Bloch Lectures at Berkeley, The Castrato: Reflections on Natures and Kinds (University of California Press, 2015 ), investigates different relationships of castrati over time to the natural and to innate kinds. The Castrato won the 2016 Otto Kinkeldey Award of the American Musicological Society. Her current book project, The Castrato Phantom: Moreschi, Fellini, and the Sacred Vernacular in Twentieth-Century Rome, deals with the life and afterlife of the castrato phenomenon in cinema, literature, and psychoanalysis. Currently, she is working across theories and practices of castrato, trans, and raced singers, leading to a spring 2020 seminar and international conference titled “Errant Voices: Performances beyond Measure.”Her most recent book is the co-edited The Voice as Something More: Essays toward Materiality (University of Chicago Press, 2019), which emerged from The Voice Project sponsored by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, an interdisciplinary collaborative faculty research venture on which she was a principal investigator in 2013-16.
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About the Speaker: Martha Feldman is a cultural historian whose work centers on vernacular musics, especially Italian, from 1500 to the present. Her projects have explored the senses and sensibilities of listeners; the interplay of myth, festivity, and kingship in opera; issues of cinema, media, and voice; and various incarnations of the musical artist.