Craig Price

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music

First Advisor

Jacob Will


Opera as an artform has a very misogynistic history. Many of the most beloved works in the standard repertory involve female characters as victims of violence, or an abuse of power by male characters. These works have recently been cast in a different light, in part due to a greater cultural awareness inspired by the “Me Too” movement. This study was executed to explore productions of standard repertory operas around the world, and how they have been handled in light of current culture. The study examines popularly performed operas Carmen, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Rigoletto. The study also explores contemporary works as well as what can be done to create a more conscious future for the artform. The study collects what is being done to address these issues and provides a first of its kind digest that can give insight to the producers about how their colleagues are grappling with these difficult choices. The study also serves to start a conversation about how opera may strive for a more diverse and inclusive future.