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Research in Action: Women in Spanish Baroque Music Theatre
Rules of conduct and behaviour in early modern Spain specified that women should neither participate in public activities nor speak in front of men. Yet surprisingly, women monopolized Madrid’s theatrical stages, performing all the sung male and female roles in 17th- and early 18th-century operatic genres. Gaining insight into the lecturer’s current postdoctoral research (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), we’ll explore the wider context of women in early modern Spanish society, as well as their controversial role in Spanish theatre.
This free event is co-sponsored by the Liberal Arts and 55+ Program and the SFU Seniors Lifelong Learners Society.
Maria Virginia Acuña is a musicologist specializing in early music and operatic repertoire, with an additional expertise in Spanish music, and music and gender studies. Virginia began her musical studies at the National Conservatory of Music of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a PhD in musicology from the University of Toronto, and a master of arts and bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia. She has taught courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and is currently a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University.
Virginia’s research has been funded and recognized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the American Musicological Society, and the Canadian University Music Society. Her research on early Spanish musical theatre appears in Eighteenth-Century Music, Bulletin of the Comediantes, and in conference proceedings. She is also co-author of Claudio Monteverdi: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge, 2018).
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