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Published: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT

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A Trip to the Moon (An Opera for All Ages)



RutherfordSusan. Verdi, Opera, Women. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Xii, 293 pages.

A Note from the Guest Editor


Some readers may be familiar with a study of the voice from the early 1960s, one with a surprisingly material focus: Leo Lionni’s Inch by Inch. This is the story of a plucky green inchworm who deploys his talents to measure the features of his avian friends, including a robin’s tail, a toucan’s beak, a flamingo’s neck, and the legs of a heron. A nightingale, however, poses a particular challenge: measure my song, he demands. Threatened with an immediate gobbling, the inchworm cleverly obliges. The nightingale sings, and the inchworm begins to inch away, until he inches out of sight. This issue takes up the nightingale’s request with less trepidation and guile, measuring, following, and deconstructing the materiality of song and the voice, tracing along the way questions of historical transmission and notions of vocal substitutions, replacements, and improvements.