Thursday, 5 April 2012

Side Note: Sexuality and Speculation on Clori, Tirsi e Fileno

Clori, Tirsi e Fileno is a love story between a woman and two men, but a cantata written for a man and two women. While casting sopranos in male parts was a common conceit of the period, The Guardian's Tim Ashley points out the sexual ambiguity between character and actor "reveal [Handel's] awareness that sexuality is too fluid to be constrained along normative social lines." Other writers have cited this tension in speculations over Handel's own sexuality.

For more, check out the full article at The Guardian.

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