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“I am the wife of Mao Tse-tung”: Study of Opera Role Based on the Real Person
Stockholm University of the Arts, Department of Opera.
2022 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master of Fine Arts (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

“I am the wife of Mao Tse-tung” is an aria from the opera “Nixon in China”, written by American composer John Adams in 1987. My interest in contemporary music is driven by the opportunity to engage directly with living composers and the modern relevance of the themes. While searching for a new audition aria, I discovered the role of Chiang Ch’ing, which suits my coloratura soprano voice. This prompted an in-depth study of her historical background, reversing my usual method of learning an aria. This approach allowed for quicker and deeper internalization of the role, demonstrating that understanding a character's context can enhance performance, even without personal empathy. This method improved my connection with the audience and enriched my overall performance. I plan to apply this approach to future roles, whether they are based on historical figures or fictional characters.

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2022. , p. 16
Keywords [en]
Contemporary Music, coloratura soprano, Nixon in China, opera, coloratura soprano voice
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Music Performing Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uniarts:diva-1860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uniarts-1860DiVA, id: diva2:1867489
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Opera
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Opera
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Available from: 2024-06-10 Created: 2024-06-10 Last updated: 2024-06-13Bibliographically approved

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