Episode #26: The Character of Voice – Ruby Kato Attwood on Exclusion and Appropriation in Contemporary Opera

Today I talk with artist, musician, singer, researcher, and performer Ruby Kato Attwood about the beginnings of her new research project into voice and identity in contemporary music. Attwood is undertaking library and archive work as well as practice based-research in opera singing in order to understanding how developing this most intimate instrument can open up new subject positions and engender a recognition of the precariousness of voice in the operatic cannon. In this conversation Attwood highlights how some voices have tended to be excluded from opera while also being the unacknowledged source of appropriative compositional gestures. This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM in Guelph, Ontario, on September 10, 2015.

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