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ERIC Number: EJ1061988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
"The Dalmatian": First Australian Opera by a Woman
Jenkins, Louise
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p106-118 2014
Australia is currently responding to an international trend that encourages social inclusion and the provision of equal opportunity for all. In a climate that is encouraging and supporting social inclusion, it can be enriching to look back at Australia's history and consider the benefits that have been gained in a previous era when people were given new opportunities in a more socially inclusive environment. This paper will discuss how the composition of Australia's first opera by a woman, Mona McBurney's "The Dalmatian," exemplifies what can be achieved when social change gives rise to new opportunity. The particular musical significance of "The Dalmatian" is that it is the first opera to be written by an Australian woman, however, this is not its only point of significance. "The Dalmatian" is a product of a unique period in Australia's history when, as a result of various major social changes, women were offered increased musical opportunities. The opera stands as proof of the benefits that can be reaped when society provides equal encouragement, support and opportunity for men and women in their musical endeavours. It is a musical work that speaks to contemporary societies in the pursuit of more socially inclusive environments with equal access to opportunity for all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia