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The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studies

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Nicholas Till, Thomas Ertman, Nicholas Payne, Christopher Morris, Susan Rutherford, Simon Williams, Nicholas Ridout, Laurel E. Zeiss, Alessandra Campana, Heather Hadlock, Suzanne Aspden
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  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521671699

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  • With its powerful combination of music and theatre, opera is one of the most complex and yet immediate of all art forms. Once opera was studied only as 'a stepchild of musicology', but in the past two decades opera studies have experienced an explosion of energy with the introduction of new approaches drawn from disciplines such as social anthropology and performance studies to media theory, genre theory, gender studies and reception history. Written by leading scholars in opera studies today, this Companion offers a wide-ranging guide to a rapidly expanding field of study and new ways of thinking about a rich and intriguing art form, placing opera back at the centre of our understanding of Western culture over the past 400 years. This book gives lovers of opera as well as those studying the subject a comprehensive approach to the many facets of opera in the past and today.

    • Provides a definitive resource for teachers and students studying opera in music, theatre and cultural history
    • Introduces key theoretical and methodological approaches supported by concrete examples
    • Clearly identifies the different aspects of the expanded field of study in opera today
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "In both the clarity of its organization and the uniformly high standard of the individual essays, this is an outstanding collection."
    The Times Literary Supplement

    "[Opera studies] is inherently interdisciplinary, which necessitates a wide range of critical approaches … The essays deal with such varied topics as politics, the state, and society; gender, nationalism, and exoticism; and technologies of theatrical productions, including the movie and live streaming on the internet … Recommended."

    "This is another useful addition to the Cambridge Companions to Music series, this time covering an area of music which has received less scholarly attention than others until the second half of the twentieth century … This is a scholarly book for the undergraduate or postgraduate student … although some opera fans of a more academic bent might find it of interest."
    Stella Thebridge, Reference Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521671699
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 174 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: opera studies today Nicholas Till
    Part I. Institutions:
    1. Opera, the state and society Thomas Ertman
    2. The business of opera Nicholas Payne
    3. The operatic event: opera houses and opera audiences Nicholas Till
    Part II. Constituents:
    4. 'Too much music': the media of opera Christopher Morris
    5. Voices and singers Susan Rutherford
    6. Opera and modes of theatrical production Simon Williams
    7. Opera and the technologies of theatrical production Nicholas Ridout
    Part III. Forms:
    8. The dramaturgy of opera Laurel E. Zeiss
    9. Genre and poetics Alessandra Campana
    10. The operatic work: texts, performances, receptions and repertories Nicholas Till
    Part IV. Issues:
    11. Opera and gender studies Heather Hadlock
    12. Opera and national identity Suzanne Aspden
    13. 'An exotic and irrational entertainment': opera and our others, opera as other Nicholas Till.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Opera and Cultural Theory
    • Opera, Culture, Media
    • Survey of Opera History
  • Editor

    Nicholas Till, University of Sussex
    Nicholas Till is Professor of Opera and Music Theatre and Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. He has previously worked as a director for opera companies in the UK and Europe and as a librettist and director for new works performed by Royal Opera Garden Venture, English National Opera Studio and Stuttgart Opera, among others. He is the author of Mozart and the Enlightenment (1992), has written extensively on contemporary opera and music theatre and has taught in many fields, including visual arts, theatre and film. As Director of the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre at the University of Sussex, he regularly contributes talks and programme articles to opera companies in the UK, Europe and the USA and is a frequent contributor to radio and television programmes. He is currently working on a book about the origins of opera in the seventeenth century.


    Nicholas Till, Thomas Ertman, Nicholas Payne, Christopher Morris, Susan Rutherford, Simon Williams, Nicholas Ridout, Laurel E. Zeiss, Alessandra Campana, Heather Hadlock, Suzanne Aspden

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