‘Voice and Silence: Women in Opera and Philosophy’ Oct. 13

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‘Voice and Silence: Women in Opera and Philosophy’ Oct. 13

“Voice and Silence: Women in Opera and Philosophy,” a collaborative lecture-recital between Fresno State’s Department of Music and the Department of Philosophy, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Concert Hall on campus. Soprano Dr. Maria Briggs and philosopher Dr. Tina Botts will explore the role of women in operatic dramas and philosophy with arias from the most famous operas by Verdi, Bellini and Puccini as well as Prokofiev’s song cycle to “Five Poems by Anna Ahkmatova” guided by philosophical commentary. The event will also feature collaborative pianist Drew Quiring and other guest artists from the Music Department including Dr. Limor Toren-Immerman on violin, baritone Limuel Forgey and Keegan Bamford on cello. The lecture-recital is an interdisciplinary exploration of the themes that are embodied in the ancient Greek philosopher Hypatia’s life story, examining ways in which women use their voices and are silenced in male-dominated societies. Other co-sponsors are the College of Arts and Humanities and the Center for Creativity and the Arts. Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for students.