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Divas and scholars : performing Italian opera

Author: Philip Gossett
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
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"Divas and Scholars is a beguiling account of how opera comes to the stage, filled with Philip Gossett's personal experiences of triumphant - and even failed - performances and suffused with his towering and tonic passion for music. Writing as a fan, a musician, and a scholar, Gossett, the learning authority on the performance of Italian opera in the entire world, brings to life the problems, and occasionally the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Gossett
ISBN: 0226304825 9780226304823
OCLC Number: 62282070
Description: xxii, 675 p. : music ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue. Mare o monti : two summer festivals --
Knowing the score. Setting the stage ; Transmission versus tradition ; Scandal and scholarship ; The romance of the critical edition --
Intermezzo. Scholars and performers : the case of Semiramide --
Performing the opera. Choosing a version ; Serafin's scissors ; Ornamenting Rossini ; Higher and lower : transposing Bellini and Donizetti ; Words and music : texts and translations ; Instruments old and new ; From the score to the stage --
Coda. Two kings head North : transforming Italian opera in Scandinavia.
Responsibility: Philip Gossett.
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Gives an account of how opera comes to the stage. This work reveals the problems, and occasionally the scandals, that attend the production of some of our favorite operas. It also traces the social  Read more...

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"Philip Gossett is a superb scholar, but he is also a true man of the theater." - G. W. Bowersock, New Republic "This enthralling and important book offers vital reading for anyone with a serious Read more...

 
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