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Naomi André wins the Judy Tsou Critical Race Studies Award for Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

BORN is extremely proud to announce that Prof Naomi André has won the American Musicological Society’s Judy Tsou Critical Race Studies Award for her monograph, Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement (University of Illinois Press, 2018). Black Opera analyzes how American and South African artists and composers have used opera to reclaim Black people’s place in …

New Publication!: African Theatre 19: Opera and Music Theatre

We are delighted to announce the publication of African Theatre 19: Opera and Music Theatre, edited by Christine Matzke, Lena van der Hoven, Christopher Odhiambo, and Hilde Roos. Covering a range of geographic and stylistic areas, this groundbreaking volume, published by Boydell & Brewer, is the first to provide a critical overview of music-theatrical traditions …

Opera, ‘Race Fear’, and the Present Reckoning

By Mia Pistorius Last week, the Los Angeles Review of Books published a wide-ranging survey of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Anthony Davis’s operas. In the profile, which provides captivating experiential descriptions of Davis’s compositional style, author Thomas Larson quotes the composer’s explanation for opera’s diversity problem: [S]ome “give lip service,” he says, to diversity and all-Black …