CLAGS Continues Seminars in the City Series

cLAGS’ free reading and discussion
series continued in Spring 2008
with Larger Than Life: Codes of
Gender and Desire in Opera, led by
Megan Jenkins, PhD candidate in musicology
at the The Graduate Center, CUNY. A core group of
about 15 opera devotees and initiates attended the
seminar every month, with others dropping in for
one or two sessions. The group members explored
their own relationships to the genre at large and
the specific operas under discussion which included
Handel’s Alcina, Britten’s Peter Grimes, Verdi’s
Un Ballo in Maschera, and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.
Several seminar attendees took advantage
of the Metropolitan Opera’s productions of Peter
Grimes and Un Ballo, and others gathered to watch
DVDs of classic productions at the Grad Center.
Monthly readings were hotly debated, and a few
people admitted coming away with new insights
on how to read an opera with a queer perspective.
A highlight of the series was the attendance of
musicologist Elizabeth Wood at the May meeting.
Wood is the author of a ground-breaking article
on lesbian listening, Sapphonics, assigned as part
of the reading. Please join us again at the LGBT
Center for the Fall series: Black Gay Men in the
Age of AIDS: The Socio-Cultural Context of Stigma,
Marginalization, and Structural Inequalities, facilitated
by Leo Wilton, Binghamton University.