9780521873581

The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-century Opera

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    9780521873581

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    0521873584

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-07-31
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Reflecting a wide variety of approaches to eighteenth-century opera, this Companion brings together leading international experts in the field to provide a valuable reference source. Viewing opera as a complex and fascinating form of art and social ritual, rather than reducing it simply to music and text analysis, individual essays investigate aspects such as audiences, architecture of the theaters, marketing, acting style, and the politics and strategy of representing class and gender. Overall, the volume provides a synthesis of well established knowledge, reflects recent research on eighteenth-century opera, and stimulates further research. The reader is encouraged to view opera as a cultural phenomenon that can reveal aspects of our culture, both past and present. Eighteenth-century opera is experiencing continuing critical and popular success through innovative and provoking productions world-wide, and this Companion will appeal to opera goers as well as to students and teachers of this key topic.

Table of Contents

Chronology of relevant events in eighteenth-century opera
The Making of Opera
Opera as process
Aria as drama
Ensembles and finales
Metastasio: the dramaturgy of eighteenth-century heroic opera
Roles and acting
Ballet Rebecca
Orchestra and voice in eighteenth-century Italian opera
To look again (at Don Giovanni)
National Styles and Genres
Genre and form in French opera
Genre and form in German opera
Opera in eighteenth-century England: English opera, masques, ballad operas
Opera in Naples
Portugal and Brazil Manuel
Opera, genre, and context in Spain and its American colonies
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