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Author Carter, Tim, 1954- author.

Title Understanding Italian opera / Tim Carter.

Publication Info. New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.


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 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    782.1094 CAR    Available
Description xi, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Contents What is opera? -- Giovanni Francesco Busenello and Claudio Monteverdi, L'incoronazione di Poppea (Venice, 1643) -- Nicola Francesco Haym and George Frideric Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto (London, 1724) -- Lorenzo da Ponte and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro (Vienna, 1786) -- Francesco Maria Piave and Giuseppe Verdi, Rigoletto (Venice, 1851) -- Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica, and Giacomo Puccini, La Bohème (Turin, 1896).
Summary Ever since its invention in Florence around 1600, opera has exerted a peculiar fascination for creative artists and audiences alike. A "Western" genre with a global reach, it is often regarded as the pinnacle of high art, where music and drama come together in unique ways, supported by stellar singers and spectacular staging. Yet it is also patently absurd--why should anyone sing on the stage?--and shrouded in mystique. In this engaging and entertaining guide, renowned music scholar Tim Carter unravels its many layers to offer a thorough introduction to Italian opera from the seventeenth to the early-twentieth century. Eschewing the technical music detail that all too often dominates writing on opera, Carter begins instead where the composers themselves did: with the text. Walking readers through the relationship between music and words that lies at the heart of any opera, Carter then offers explorations of five of the most enduring, emblematic, and often performed Italian operas: Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppaea; Handel's Julius Caesar in Egypt; Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro; Verdi's Rigoletto; and Pucini's La Bohème. Shedding light on the creative collusions and collisions involved in bringing opera to the stage, the various, and varying, demands of its text and music, and the nature of its musical drama, Carter shows how Italian opera has developed over the course of music history. Complete with synopses, cast lists, and suggested further reading for each opera discussed. [Publisher description]
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Opera -- Italy.
Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643. Incoronazione di Poppea.
Handel, George Frideric, 1685-1759. Giulio Cesare.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Nozze di Figaro.
Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. Rigoletto.
Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924. Bohème.
ISBN 9780190247942 (hardback ; alk. paper)
0190247940 (hardback ; alk. paper)

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