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Changing the score : arias, prima donnas, and the authority of performance

Author: Hilary Poriss
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Series: AMS studies in music.
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This study seeks to explore the role and significance of aria insertion, the practice that allowed singers to introduce music of their own choice into productions of Italian operas. Each chapter investigates the art of aria insertion during the nineteenth century from varying perspectives, beginning with an overview of the changing fortunes of the practice, followed by explorations of individual prima donnas and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Poriss, Hilary.
Changing the score.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(OCoLC)639560419
Named Person: Vincenzo Bellini; Maria Malibran; Gioachino Rossini; Caroline Unger
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hilary Poriss
ISBN: 9780195386714 019538671X
OCLC Number: 265736857
Description: viii, 226 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm.
Contents: A discourse of change --
Selecting a "perfect" entrance : Carolina Ungher and Marino Faliero --
Making their way through the world : Italian one-hit wonders --
Maria Malibran, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, and a tale of suicide --
Che vuol cantare? The lesson scene of Il barbiere di Siviglia --
An insertion aria speaks.
Series Title: AMS studies in music.
Responsibility: Hilary Poriss.
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This study seeks to explore the role and significance of aria insertion, the practice that allowed singers to introduce music of their own choice into productions of Italian operas. Each chapter investigates the art of aria insertion during the nineteenth century from varying perspectives, beginning with an overview of the changing fortunes of the practice, followed by explorations of individual prima donnas and their relationship with particular insertion arias: Carolina Ungher's difficulties in finding a "perfect" aria to introduce into Donizetti's Marino Faliero; Guiditta Pasta's performance of an aria from Pacini's Niobe in a variety of operas, and the subsequent fortunes of that particular aria; Maria Malibran's interpolation of Vaccai's final scene from Giulietta e Romeo in place of Bellini's original setting in his I Capuleti e i Montecchi; and Adelina Patti's "mini-concerts" in the lesson scene of Il barbiere di Siviglia. The final chapter provides a treatment of a short story, "Memoir of a Song," narrated by none other than an insertion aria itself, and the volume concludes with an appendix containing the first modern edition of this short story, a narrative that has lain utterly forgotten since its publication in 1849. This book covers a wide variety of material that will be of interest to opera scholars and opera lovers alike, touching on the fluidity of the operatic work, on the reception of the singers, and on the shifting and hardening aesthetics of music criticism through the period [Publisher description].

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