…and that’s why I love early opera

April 5, 2010 § 2 Comments

‘Sweet change of nature,

A woman transforming herself into a man,

A man transforming himself into a woman…

How many of you envy my state,

That of being both a man and a girl?”

La finta pazza (1644)

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  • Philip says:

    Not just early opera – what about Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tiresias? The whole things starts when she becomes bored of being a woman, and her breasts “float away like balloons”.

    Then at the end, I think they come back.

  • cnlester says:

    Seeing that I referenced it in my undergraduate dissertation, I ought to know more about it. But I do adore the exceedingly random switch of traditional gender roles. Though, as a classics scholar, surely you know more about it? Was it another case of Athene getting riled up? x

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