Event Information

Date & Time
November 16, 2017 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
Clayman Institute
589 Capistrano Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Faculty Research Fellows Lunch with Heather Hadlock


Heather Hadlock: “Three Wise Women would have asked directions….”

NOTE: This event begins at 11:45am with a musical performance.

It’s a familiar feminist joke that Three Wise Women would have arrived on time, brought a casserole, delivered the baby, and cleaned up the stable. This December, Stanford performers will present a contemporary American opera, The Wise Women, that explores the deeper mystical potential of reversing the genders in the Christmas tale of three Kings. Professor Hadlock will introduce The Wise Women’s story and music, and how it pushes back against patriarchal biases in both opera and Christian tradition. The opera’s music director and singers will perform excerpts.

Three of the “Wise Women” - the Maiden, Goodwife, and Crone - will sing at 11:45am. Each will sing a Lament from the scene in the opera where the Wise Men have left them behind. We’ll hear how the music and poetry depict these archetypal stages of the female life-cycle, and the wisdom and vulnerability associated with each stage.

Heather Hadlock is Associate Professor of Music.

Stanford faculty are invited to join us for lunch and a discussion.  Please RSVP to Wendy Skidmore if you would like to attend.  


  • Heather Hadlock
    • Associate Professor of Musicology
    • Faculty Research Fellow, 2010-2011
    • Clayman Institute Faculty Voice and Influence Fellow, 2011-2012
    • Faculty Reaserch Fellow, 2017-18
      Heather Hadlock is Associate Professor of Musicology at Stanford University. The author of Mad Loves: Women and Music in Offenbach’s ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’,” she has published essays on French opera and gender studies in the books Music’s Obedient Daughter: The Opera Libretto from Source to Score (2013); Berlioz: Past Present, Future; and Siren Songs.  Her articles on masculinity and vocality in Italian bel canto...