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Divas and scholars : performing Italian opera

Divas and scholars : performing Italian opera

Author: Philip Gossett
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Winner of the 2007 Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society and the 2007 Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Divas and Scholars is a dazzling and 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.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gossett, Philip.
Divas and scholars.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006
(DLC) 2005032151
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Gossett
ISBN: 9780226304885 0226304884 1281956902 9781281956903 0226304825 9780226304823 9786611956905 6611956905
OCLC Number: 304668954
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 675 pages) : music
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.


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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