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"The Looking Glass" by Amy Tate Williams: A critical analysis evaluating the work's value in the field of opera for youth

Dawn Marie Pawlewski, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This study explores The Looking Glass by Amy Tate Williams and its position in the field of opera for children. A brief historical overview of operatic educational outreach is followed by an examination of trends in educational outreach by focusing on a few different programs, reflecting a variety of types of outreach. These include the Utah Symphony and Opera Internship and Touring Program, the Orlando Opera “Pizza and Puccini” Community Outreach Program, Opera America's “Music! Words! Opera!,” Opera Iowa, Opera Omaha's Heartland Opera Theatre, the Nashville Opera's OperaNET, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Within the document, analysis and evaluation are given of five works specifically composed for youth: Little Red Riding Hood by Seymour Barab, Harmoonia by Stephen Paulus, Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing by Malcolm Fox, A Noteworthy Tale, Opus 65 by Philip Seward, and The Three Little Pigs adapted by John Davies. To each composition, the author applies specific criteria concerning form and style, degree of difficulty, and quality of the music and text. The same criteria are then applied to Williams' The Looking Glass as comparisons are made to the previous five works. An in-depth study of The Looking Glass includes biographical and historical background, as well as a detailed musical and textual analysis. The study reveals that The Looking Glass contains all the important elements of a quality children's opera. ^

Subject Area

Music|Theater|Education, Music

Recommended Citation

Pawlewski, Dawn Marie, ""The Looking Glass" by Amy Tate Williams: A critical analysis evaluating the work's value in the field of opera for youth" (2005). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3167463.