Rufus Wainwright - Katherine Williams

Rufus Wainwright - Katherine Williams

Opera, Gender and Sexuality

Rufus Wainwright - Katherine Williams

Katherine Williams [+-]
University of Bristol
Dr Katherine Williams is Lecturer in Music at Plymouth University. Prior to her appointment in 2014, she lectured at Leeds College of Music and Cardiff University, and taught on various modules at the University of Bristol. Throughout her musicological study (BMus King's College London, MA and PhD University of Nottingham), Katherine maintained an active profile as a saxophonist, performing and teaching in the idioms of classical, jazz and new music. Katherine's research has been published by Jazz Perspectives, Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and Jazz Research Journal (forthcoming 2014). Her first monograph is in production with Equinox Press, and she is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to the Singer-Songwriter (forthcoming 2016), and the Singer-Songwriter Handbook (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017).


Opera is a persistent and pervasive theme throughout Wainwright’s pop songs and western art music projects. Wainwright explicitly connects his discovery of opera with his emerging homosexuality in his teens. In Chapter 3, I draw on multiple methodologies to nuance this connection, considering perspectives from new musicology, literature and philosophy. Songs considered include ‘Damned Ladies’, ‘Barcelona’, ‘Going To A Town’, ‘Greek Song’ and ‘Vibrate’. More details about Rufus Wainwright can be found at Williams’ recent blogpost on Thinking About Music, available here .

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Williams, Katherine . Opera, Gender and Sexuality. Rufus Wainwright. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 55-71 Jan 2016. ISBN 9781781795194. Date accessed: 27 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.23866. Jan 2016

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