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PATTERNS AND POSSIBILITIES: PERFORMING GENDER IN 18TH-CENTURY OPERA

On 27 March at 18.00, Tove Dahlberg, our doctoral candidate in Opera (opera singer and doctoral candidate in opera) and Kristina Hagström-Ståhl (director and researcher) will hold the research performance “Patterns and Possibilities: Performing Gender in 18th-Century Opera” at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg.

How do critical perspectives on gender and normativity transform into artistic practice? In this project Tove Dahlberg (opera singer doctoral candidate) and Kristina Hagström-Ståhl (director and researcher) explore questions of gender in opera performance, in order to consider how artistic choices are made and how classical opera can be staged with a gender-conscious approach. In this presentation of performed research, Tove will take on several female and male roles from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, an opera to which she has returned several times in her career. The project explores the agency of the singer as well as the relationship between dramatic and musical performance.