Beyond the Pants Role: Un-gendering Opera
Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 7:00pm
Beyond the Pants Role: Un-gendering Opera

Beyond the Pants Role: Un-gendering Opera

Thursday, February 13 | 7:00 PM
Lincoln Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

A lecture and discussion presented by Queer Opera founder, Dr. Chuck Dillard

In the 21st century, love stories are not reserved for those of opposite genders. Military officials are not limited to men alone. Sensitive socialites are not strictly feminine. Today’s vocal music should be able to reflect this, in order to continue to attract a new, more diverse audience. “Beyond the Pants Role” challenges singers, directors, educators, and audiences to reimagine art song and opera without the constraints of gender. Also, it provides singers in the LGBTQIA community an opportunity to portray roles and relationships that more closely align with their own identities.

In the summer of 2017, the idea for a more inclusive, diverse, and authentic opera program was born. A year later, Queer Opera would be realized as a place where LGBTQIA singers and allies would find a safe stage to tell their stories through the traditional genre of opera. By casting scenes in new ways - often based on the singers’ identity rather than their voice type or gender - this innovative program allows for more authentic performances on stage and powerful experiences for the audience.