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Naomi Andre

Associate Director for Faculty, Residential College; Associate Professor, Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Program; Associate Professor, Women's Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies

Office Location(s): 2128 Lane Hall
Phone: 734.763.2047

  • About

    Naomi André is Associate Professor in Women’s Studies, Afroamerican and African Studies and the Residential College at the University of Michigan. She received her BA in music from Barnard College and MA and PhD in musicology from Harvard University. Her research focuses on opera and issues surrounding gender, voice, and race. Her publications include topics on Italian opera, Schoenberg, women composers, and teaching opera in prisons. Her books, Voicing Gender: Castrati, Travesti, and the Second Woman in Early Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera (2006) and Blackness in Opera (2012, edited collection) focus on opera from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries and explore constructions of gender, race and identity.  Her current research interests extend to opera today in the United States and South Africa.

    Recent Courses

    19th-century Italian Opera
    Race and Identity in Music
    History of the Symphony
    Gender and Music

    Selected Articles

    “Women’s Roles in Meyerbeer’s Operas: How Italian Heroines are Reflected in French Grand Opera” in Opera and Society in Italy and France from Monteverdi to Bourdieu. Edited by Victoria Johnson, Jane Fulcher and Thomas Ertman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2007, 87-114.

    “Entering the Present: Music Meets Race.” Action, Criticism, Theory for Music Education. (volume 4, no. 3, 2005: 1-12). [].

    “Teaching Opera in Prison,” in The Intersectional Approach: Transforming Women’s and Gender Studies through Race, Class, and Gender, eds. Michele Tracy Berger and Kathleen Guidroz. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming.

    Books Published

    Blackness in Opera, ed. University of Illinois Press, 2012.

    Voicing Gender: Castrati, Travesti, and the Second Woman in Early Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera, Indiana University Press, 2006.