The Queen's Throat

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The Queen's Throat
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Author Wayne Koestenbaum
Country United States
Language English
Subject Opera
Published 1993
Media type Print

The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality and the Mystery of Desire is a 1993 book by American cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum.


Koestenbaum explores the relationship between gay men and opera, with frequent reference to his own experiences.[1] In particular, he finds a strong identification of the "opera queen" with the "diva."[2] His connection between the two is the voice: he describes it as genderless, and it both allows female singers to become vicarious surrogates for closeted or fearful male listeners, and proves that the body of the opera singer and the queer body are both restrained.[3]


  1. ^ Kopelson, Kevin (Spring 1994). "Tawdrily, I Adore Him". 19th-Century Music. 17 (3). JSTOR 746570. 
  2. ^ Clum, John M. (May 1994). "Opera without Queens/Queens without Opera". Performing Arts Journal. 16 (2). JSTOR 3245765. 
  3. ^ Hadlock, Heather (November 1993). "Peering Into The Queen's Throat". Cambridge Opera Journal. 5 (3): 265–275. doi:10.1017/s0954586700004067. JSTOR 823809.