What happens when sonic surveillance reaches its limit, when overhearing hears too much, exhausts itself, uses itself up, and turns into over-hearing? Disengtangling the bonds between listening, sovereignty, and secrecy, I ask what use of the ear remains once it is worn out. Taking the figure of the monarch chained to the throne, I investigate the experience of sonic captivation/captivilty.
Jennifer Higdon (Penn Ph.d., 1994), Milton L. Rock Chair in Composition Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, speaks about her opera Cold Mountain. Cold Mountain will be performed concurrently (2/5-14) at Opera Philadelphia. Dr.