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Emblems of eloquence : opera and women's voices in seventeenth-century Venice

Author: Wendy Heller
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Opera developed during a time when the position of women - evident in their rights and freedoms, in their perceived virtues and vices, and even in how their sexuality was viewed - was under constant debate. Many of these controversies manifested themselves in the representation of the historical and mythological women whose voices were heard on the Venetian operatic stage. Drawing upon a complex web of early modern  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Heller
ISBN: 0520209338 9780520209336
OCLC Number: 51566365
Language Note: Mainly in English; with some Italian, and parallel texts in Italian with English translations.
Description: xix, 386 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The emblematic woman --
Bizzarrie feminile : opera and the Accademia degli incogniti --
Didone and the voice of chastity --
'Disprezzata regina' : woman and empire --
The nymph Calisto and the myth of female pleasure --
Semiramide and musical transvestism --
Messalina la meretrice : envoicing the courtesan.
Responsibility: Wendy Heller.
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Drawing upon a complex web of early modern sources and ancient texts, this study is a treatment of women, gender and sexuality in 17th-century opera. It explores the operatic manifestations of female  Read more...

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