James Davies, Assistant Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley, explains what operatic emotion is.
James Q. Davies
James Q. Davies is an assistant professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He trained as a pianist in Johannesburg, Manchester, and London. He spent several years in Cambridge (UK), completing his doctorate on “1829” in 2005. Davies is currently working on a book titled Romantic Anatomies of Performance that explores the political economies of piano-playing hands and operatic voices in Paris and London. He has authored articles and chapters that have appeared in 19th-Century Music, Opera Quarterly, Cambridge Opera Journal, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Keyboard Perspectives, and The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century.
UC Berkeley Assistant Professor of Music James Davies posits the social function for emotion rather than an individualistic purpose: the feelings evoked through music organize people into groups of affinity.