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Understanding the women of Mozart's operas

Author: Kristi Brown-Montesano
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Is The Marriage of Figaro just about Figaro? Is Don Giovanni's story the only one--or even the most interesting one--in the opera that bears his name? For generations of critics, historians, and directors, it's Mozart's men who have mattered most. Too often, the female characters have been understood from the male protagonist's point of view or simply reduced on stage (and in print) to paper cutouts from the age of  Read more...
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Named Person: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kristi Brown-Montesano
ISBN: 0520248023 9780520248021
OCLC Number: 65204972
Description: xxv, 316 pages : music ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Feminine vengeance I : the assailed/assailant-Donna Anna --
2. Sisterhood and seduction I : abandonment and rescue-Donna Elvira --
3. Class survival-Zerlina --
4. Feminine vengeance II : (over)powered politics-The queen of the night --
5. Good daughter, good wife-Pamina --
6. Woman's identity I : sacred and profane-The three ladies and Papagena --
7. Sisterhood and seduction II : friendship and class-Countess Almaviva and Susanna --
8. Woman's identity II : loss and legitimacy-Marcellina and Barbarina --
9. Sisterhood and seduction III : intimacy and influence-Fiordiligi and Dorabella --
10. Survival class-Despina.
Responsibility: Kristi Brown-Montesano.
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Explores the female roles in Mozart's four most frequently performed operas, "Le nozze di Figaro", "Don Giovanni", "Cosi fan tutte", and "Die Zauberflote". Each chapter looks at the music, libretto  Read more...

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