Tosca's Rome The Play and the Opera in Historical Perspective

ISBN-10: 0226579727
ISBN-13: 9780226579726
Edition: 2001
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Description: A timeless tale of love, lust, and politics,Toscais one of the most popular operas ever written. InTosca's Rome,Susan Vandiver Nicassio explores the surprising historical realities that lie behind Giacomo Puccini's opera and the play by Victorien  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

A timeless tale of love, lust, and politics,Toscais one of the most popular operas ever written. InTosca's Rome,Susan Vandiver Nicassio explores the surprising historical realities that lie behind Giacomo Puccini's opera and the play by Victorien Sardou on which it is based.By far the most "historical" opera in the active repertoire,Toscais set in a very specific time and place: Rome, from June 17 to 18, 1800. But as Nicassio demonstrates, history inToscais distorted by nationalism and by the vehement anticlerical perceptions of papal Rome shared by Sardou, Puccini, and the librettists. To provide the historical background necessary for understandingTosca,Nicassio takes a detailed look at Rome in 1800 as each ofTosca's main characters would have seen it—the painter Cavaradossi, the singer Tosca, and the policeman Scarpia. Finally, she provides a scene-by-scene musical and dramatic analysis of the opera."[Nicassio] must be the only living historian who can boast that she once sang the role of Tosca. Her deep knowledge of Puccini's score is only to be expected, but her understanding of daily and political life in Rome at the close of the 18th century is an unanticipated pleasure. She has steeped herself in the period and its prevailing culture-literary, artistic, and musical-and has come up with an unusual, and unusually entertaining, history."—Paul Bailey,Daily Telegraph"In Tosca's Rome, Susan Vandiver Nicassio . . . orchestrates a wealth of detail without losing view of the opera and its pleasures. . . . Nicassio aims for opera fans and for historians: she may well enthrall both."—Publishers Weekly"This is the book that ranks highest in my estimation as the most in-depth, and yet highly entertaining, journey into the story of the making of Tosca."—Catherine Malfitano"Nicassio's prose . . . is lively and approachable. There is plenty here to intrigue everyone-seasoned opera lovers, musical novices, history buffs, and Italophiles."—Library Journal

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Historico-topographico-panoramic Inexactitudes
Sede Vacante: Rome without a Pope
The Painter's Rome
The Singer's Rome
The Policeman's Rome
Act One
Entr'Act
Act Two
Act Three
Sardou's La Tosca and Puccini's Tosca
Libretto-making
Entertainments in Rome
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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