Lecture-recital: ‘Voice and Silence: Women in Opera and Philosophy’

Voice and Silence featuring Drs. Maria Briggs and Tina Botts

“Voice and Silence: Women in Opera and Philosophy” is a lecture-recital scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Fresno State Concert Hall. In this collaboration between the Department of Music and the Department of Philosophy, soprano Dr. Maria Briggs and philosopher Dr. Tina Botts will explore the role of women in operatic dramas and philosophy.

The event will feature 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 Fresno State music department, includingDr. Limor Toren-Immerman on violin, baritone Limuel Forgey and Keegan Bamford on cello.

The lecture-recital is an interdisciplinary exploration of the themes that Hypatia’s life story embodies, that is, the ways in which women use their voices and are silenced in male-dominated societies.

Ancient Greek philosopher, Hypatia of Alexandria, was reportedly the first female philosopher, as well as a mathematician and an astronomer. Well-respected during her lifetime for these accomplishments, her life nevertheless ended tragically when she was murdered for her views by a mob.

“Voice and Silence” promises to be a spectacular and insightful presentation that will inspire and challenge the audience.

This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, Department of Music, Department of Philosophy and Center for Creativity and the Arts.

Tickets are $6 for general admission and $5 for students.

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