Music Works

3.8: Normalising trans bodies in opera with tenor, Patricia Yates.

June 4, 2021

“As a young transgender opera singer, at the start of her career, I want to wear my transness on my sleeve and claim it a key part of my artistic identity.”

Classical music, especially opera, is one of the last bastions of gender stereotypes. Patricia Yates, who is a trans singer performing as a tenor, makes the case for greater flexibility and willingness to embrace what trans performers bring to their art.

Patricia’s article Normalising Trans Bodies in Opera can be found here: https://musiciansunion.org.uk/news/normalising-trans-bodies-in-opera.

You can also follow Patricia on social media with the Twitter and Facebook handle: @msyatestenor

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