Larissa A. Irizarry

  • Graduate Student, Musicology

I am a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in the Musicology program. I have had the pleasure of presenting my work at national and regional conferences. My research has led me to two areas of study: 21st-century opera and the 1970s rock opera. My work on 21st-century opera focuses on issues of gender, such as depictions of gender-based violence and the feminization of grief. My work also explores how race inflects representations of intimacy in the casting practices of the 1970s rock opera. More specifically, I contend that portrayals of interracial intimacy, or denial of it, in Jesus Christ Superstar (1971) betray repressive subjectivity formation narratives of the Euro-American imaginary.