Travesty


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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Travesty

 

a stage role. In the dramatic theater, the term refers to an actress who performs the roles of young boys and girls and of adolescents, as well as roles in which a woman is disguised in a man’s clothing. In opera, the term refers to a mezzo-soprano or contralto who performs the parts of young men.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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