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Fashions and Legacies of Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera

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Hilary Poriss, Ellen T. Harris, Mark Everist, Roberta Montemorra Marvin, Fabrizio Della Seta, Jeffrey Kallberg, Ralph P. Locke, Francesco Izzo, Andreas Giger, David B. Rosen, Will Crutchfield, John Mauceri
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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521889988

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  • Operatic works by Italian composers of the nineteenth century have undergone countless transformations since their premieres, shifting shape in response to a variety of new geographic, temporal, technological, and performative contexts. These enduring works by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, and their contemporaries have myriad stories to tell. Fashions and Legacies reconstructs a selection of these stories, exploring ways in which operatic works have been reshaped and revived throughout the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. While focusing on how these works have been altered, the thirteen contributors in this book also respond to fundamental questions: how has this music retained - or sacrificed - its powerful messages in the face of deconstruction and recontextualization over time and place? What happens to these operas once they have escaped control of their authors? The contributions of singers, stage directors, conductors, and other theatrical personalities stand front and center of the volume.

    • The contributors are performers and musicologists, providing the reader with a variety of perspectives
    • Explores how and why Italian opera has maintained such a large and devoted following since the nineteenth century
    • A concise introduction outlines the central concept of the book, with brief descriptions of individual essays, providing a useful overview for the reader
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    "Marvin and Poriss have brought together a fascinating group of essays which presents the interested reader with much food for thought."
    -Richard LeSueur,Ann Arbor

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521889988
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 10 tables 45 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Italian opera's fashions and legacies Hilary Poriss
    2. Viardot sings Handel (with thanks to George Sand, Chopin, Meyerbeer, Gounod, and Julius Rietz) Ellen T. Harris
    3. Partners in rhyme: Alphonse Royer, Gustave Vaëz, and foreign opera in Paris during the July Monarchy Mark Everist
    4. Verdian opera in the Victorian parlor Roberta Montemorra Marvin
    5. I falsi Puritani: the opera's early history in Italy Fabrizio Della Seta
    6. To the ear of the amateur: performing Ottocento opera piecemeal Hilary Poriss
    7. Peeping at pachyderms: convergences of sex and music in France around 1800 Jeffrey Kallberg
    8. Aida and nine readings of 'empire' Ralph P. Locke
    9. Comic sights: stage directions in Luigi Ricci's autograph scores Francesco Izzo
    10. Staging and form in Giuseppe Verdi's Otello Andreas Giger
    11. Stanislavski's La bohème (1927) David B. Rosen
    12. What is tradition? Will Crutchfield
    13. Epilogue: the art of 'translation' John Mauceri.

  • Editors

    Roberta Montemorra Marvin, University of Iowa
    Roberta Montemorra Marvin is Director of the Institute for Italian Opera Studies at the University of Iowa, where she is also a Research Fellow and an Associate Professor.

    Hilary Poriss, Northeastern University, Boston
    Hilary Poriss is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University.


    Hilary Poriss, Ellen T. Harris, Mark Everist, Roberta Montemorra Marvin, Fabrizio Della Seta, Jeffrey Kallberg, Ralph P. Locke, Francesco Izzo, Andreas Giger, David B. Rosen, Will Crutchfield, John Mauceri

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