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To Rome with Love and the “Limits” of Opera

My performance theory class has recently been reading about and discussing opera as a performance genre. After reading the first chapter of David Levin’s Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky, we discussed how the “unsettledness” that Levin argues is innate within opera comes from the genre’s expectation that the audience will overlook certain […]

The Problem of Closet Dramas

During the reading for the first week of my course on performance studies (Shannon Jackson’s Discipline and Performance and W.B. Worthen’s “Antigone’s Bones”) I couldn’t help but return again and again to the idea of early modern closet dramas. This is not because Jackson and Worthen discuss closet dramas at any length but, rather, because […]