Shattering Stereotypes Instead of Glass: Opera and “Showing Us Our Own Face”

To many 21st century Americans, opera might conjure images of women in horned helmets belting out screechy songs in incomprehensible languages., and shattering panes of glass in the process. This stereotype has its origins in the German composer Richard Wagner’s operas with stories based in Norse mythology, and it is Continue Reading

“Showing Us Our Own Face”: Performing Arts and the Human Experience

Performance is a uniquely human quality. Humans – the only creatures on earth able to conceptualize realities other than the present one – over the millennia have followed the urge to present these realities to each other in a multitude of ways. This need to witness and empathize with the Continue Reading

18th Century London: Händel and His Contemporaries

This post was written by Simone Hawkins, Reference Assistant in Research Services. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music here at George Mason University and Baroque music is her area of interest. Complementing our first #musicmonday post, which highlighted Georg Friedrich Händel’s very famous set of orchestral suites entitled Continue Reading