Note:This scholarly essay is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:A new approach to The Tale of Chun-Hyang and the character Wolmae in Korean Changjak opera
Author(s):Kim, Sam Jew
Advisor(s):Magee, Gayle Sherwood
Contributor(s):Moersch, Charlotte Mattax; Coleman, Barrington; Carrillo, Carlos
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Je-Myeong Hyun
The Tale of Chun-Hyang
Abstract:Opera singers face many challenges when they start preparing for a newly created opera. They might be unfamiliar with the work's musical style and the language, and of course nothing has been written about the opera yet. This study provides information on Je-Myeong Hyun’s opera The Tale of Chun-Hyang and guides prospective singers to the role of Wolmae for mezzo-soprano or contralto voice. This study includes an interview with actress-singer Sung-Nyo Kim, who has built her career playing characters in the traditional Korean opera, The Tale of Chun-Hyang, for over 50 years. Because of her diversity and longevity, her views are worth considering regarding the opera and its performance. The Tale of Chun- Hyang is a story that has been used in both Changgeuk and ChangJak opera. Therefore, this study approaches The Tale of Chun-Hyang and the role of Wolmae not only from the perspective of a Western opera singer, but also that from a traditional Korean singer, even though the opera is in ChangJak, the Western style.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Sam Jew Kim
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-12-05

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