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The Oxford handbook of opera

Author: Helen M Greenwald
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2014] ©2014
Series: Oxford handbooks.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What IS opera? Contributors to The Oxford Handbook of Opera respond to this deceptively simple question with a rich and compelling exploration of opera's adaption to changing artistic and political currents. Fifty of the world's most respected scholars cast opera as a fluid entity that continuously reinvents itself in a reflection of its patrons, audience, and creators. The synergy of power, performance, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handboeken (vorm)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen M Greenwald
ISBN: 9780195335538 0195335538
OCLC Number: 854541690
Description: xxxv, 1177 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Contents: Part I. What is opera? What is opera? / Tim Carter ; Genre / Emanuele Senici ; Musical theater(s) / Derek B. Scott ; Operatorio? / Monika Hennemann ; The concept of opera / Lydia Goehr --
Part II. Words, music, and meaning. The libretto and the score. Oft-told tales / Vincent Giroud ; The language of national style / Marina Frolova-Walker ; Musical dramaturgy / Damien Colas ; Versification / Andreas Giger ; The German libretto of the early nineteenth century / John Warrack ; Analysis / William Drabkin --
Humanism, verisimilitude, and voice. Opera between the Ancients and the Moderns / Wendy Heller ; Verisimilitude / Thomas Betzwieser ; Voice / Michal Grover-Friedlander ; Characterization / Julian Rushton ; Meaning / Lawrence Kramer --
Part III. Performance and production. Divas and Divos / Hilary Poriss ; Castrato acts / Martha Feldman ; Rehearsal practices / Mark Everist ; Acting / Simon Williams ; The chorus / Ryan Minor ; The orchestra / Alessandro Di Profio ; Dance / Linda J. Tomko ; Production aesthetics and materials / Katherine Syer ; Costumes / Veronica Isaac ; Regietheater/Director's theater / Ulrich Müller ; Historically Informed performance / Mary Hunter --
Part IV. Opera and society. Opera composition and cultural environment / Marianne Betz ; Patronage / Valeria De Lucca ; Audiences / Georgia Cowart ; Autographs, memorabilia, and the aesthetics of collecting / Daniela Macchione ; Politics / Marc A. Weiner ; Religion / Jesse Rosenberg ; Race and racism / John Graziano ; Gender / Alexandra Wilson ; Exoticism / W. Anthony Sheppard ; Censorship / Francesco Izzo --
Part V. Transmission and reception. How opera traveled / Louise K. Stein ; The operatic canon / James Parakilas ; Critics / Paul Watt ; Soundings offstage / Thomas Christensen ; Visual media / Marcia J. Citron ; Operatic images / Helen M. Greenwald ; Sources / Linda B. Fairtile ; Reconstructions / Charles S. Brauner ; Editing opera / Patricia B. Brauner ; Writing the history of opera / Philip Gossett --
Part VI. Opera on the edge. 1900-1945 / Joy H. Calico ; After the canon / Robert Fink --
Epilogue. Composing opera / Jake Heggie.
Series Title: Oxford handbooks.
Responsibility: edited by Helen M. Greenwald.

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