History of Opera

ISBN-10: 0393057216

ISBN-13: 9780393057218

Edition: 2012

Authors: Carolyn Abbate, Roger Parker

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Why does opera continue to attract new audiences at a time when the stream of original works that was once its lifeblood has dried to a trickle? Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker answer this question in their modern retelling of the history of opera, examining its evolution over several centuries and its continued appeal to generations of audiences. Integral to this nuanced and engaging narrative is the ongoing exploration of the tensions that have sustained opera over four hundred years: between words and music, character and singer, the surreal and the believable. As this pair of experts argue, though the genre’s most popular and enduring works were almost all written in a distant European past, opera continues to change the viewer—physically, emotionally, and intellectually—with its enduring power.
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List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/26/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 624
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.662
Language: English

List of illustrations
Preface and acknowledgements
Opera's first centennial
Opera seria
Opera buffa and Mozart's line of beauty
Singing and speaking before 1800
The German problem
Rossini and transition
The tenor comes of age
Young Verdi
Grand Opera
Young Wagner
Op�ra comique, the crucible
Old Wagner
Verdi - older still
Realism and clamour
Turning point
We are alone in the forest
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