Date of Award

Spring 4-28-2017

Document Type


Primary Advisor

Ed Bryant


Expression and emotion in a musical performance affects how the music is perceived by the audience. A study of a song’s composer and the background of the music aids in improving the expression and understanding of vocal music. A study of theatre brings an extra dynamic to a musical performance. Maria Callas, for example, was a pioneer in combining these many factors into her performances. Her application of music and drama in opera makes her an ideal example of a complete and dynamic vocalist. The expression and emotion she poured into each performance transformed how people saw opera and music in general. This concept of expression and emotion in music and how it may affect an audience’s perception of a performance is further studied in depth through various surveys, and an extensive study of Maria Callas and what she has to say about her art and what others have observed from Callas’s performances and work ethic.