Divine apparitions: The female-operatic voice in film
Hoffman, Thomas J., II
Citron, Marcia J.
Master of Music
This work formulates a new language for speaking about the operatic voice in film. Beyond cultural signifiers, opera has a more specific purpose in film, and this thesis will provide a new language for speaking about it in such a way. Borrowing from Michel Chion's acousmetre, the current document develops a new lexicon for the way operatic music functions, beyond the traditional diegesis, and points out the agency of such voices in film. After outlining the specific attributes of the diva-acousmetre, the agent outlined in the thesis, three chapters explore its use in the films Philadelphia, The Shawshank Redemption, and Transamerica.
Music; Women's studies; Cinema