Divas and Scholars

Performing Italian Opera

Author: Philip Gossett

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226304884

Category: Music

Page: 704

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Winner of the 2007 Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society and the 2007 Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Divas and Scholars is a dazzling and beguiling account of how opera comes to the stage, filled with Philip Gossett’s personal experiences of triumphant—and even failed—performances and suffused with his towering and tonic passion for music. Writing as a fan, a musician, and a scholar, Gossett, the world's leading authority on the performance of Italian opera, brings colorfully to life the problems, and occasionally the scandals, that attend the production of some of our most favorite operas. Gossett begins by tracing the social history of nineteenth-century Italian theaters in order to explain the nature of the musical scores from which performers have long worked. He then illuminates the often hidden but crucial negotiations opera scholars and opera conductors and performers: What does it mean to talk about performing from a critical edition? How does one determine what music to perform when multiple versions of an opera exist? What are the implications of omitting passages from an opera in a performance? In addition to vexing questions such as these, Gossett also tackles issues of ornamentation and transposition in vocal style, the matters of translation and adaptation, and even aspects of stage direction and set design. Throughout this extensive and passionate work, Gossett enlivens his history with reports from his own experiences with major opera companies at venues ranging from the Metropolitan and Santa Fe operas to the Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro. The result is a book that will enthrall both aficionados of Italian opera and newcomers seeking a reliable introduction to it—in all its incomparable grandeur and timeless allure.

Italian Opera

Author: David R. B. Kimbell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521466431

Category: Music

Page: 684

View: 4717

David Kimbell traces the history of Italian opera from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.


Author: Anselm Gerhard,Uwe Schweikert

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3476051862

Category: Music

Page: 757

View: 6775

Zum 200. Geburtstag von Giuseppe Verdi. Don Carlos, Otello, Falstaff das Handbuch stellt alle 26 Opern und die weiteren Werke Verdis einzeln vor. Es zeigt auch Verdis Weg bei der Entstehung seiner Opern: vom Libretto über Komposition, Stimmtypen, Vers-Vertonung bis zur Aufführung. Zeit- und Theatergeschichtliches vermitteln, warum die Oper nicht zuletzt durch Verdis Beitrag im 19. Jahrhundert so beliebt war. In der 2., stark überarbeiteten Auflage mit vielen neu verfassten Beiträgen und neuen Kapiteln u. a. zu Kompositionstechnik, Verdi-Renaissance nach 1918, Verdi-Dirigenten.


Annäherungen an die Welt der Oper

Author: Marcus Felsner

Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann

ISBN: 3826039149

Category: Opera

Page: 293

View: 9839


Verdi in Performance

Edited by Alison Latham and Roger Parker

Author: Alison Latham,Roger Parker

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198167358

Category: Music

Page: 196

View: 2124

'Impressive volume... as a Professor of music history, I would require graduate students, both performers and incipient musicologists, to read extensively from this volume, with full confidence that it would open their minds to the myriad problems inherent in editing and performing music and engender lively, thoughtful discussion.' -The Opera Quarterly'Much of the material is clearly applicable to modern performance of a wide range of music... Verdi in Performance provides state-of-the-art discussion not only of Verdi scholarship as related to performance, but stimulating presentation of universal music performance concerns by some of the leading scholars, directors, and conductors currently active. The discussions present a myriad of viewpoints and considerations, and both the format of the volume (statement and responses) and the contents encourage further open-ended discussion.' -The Opera Quarterly'A book short in length but rich in intellectual stimulation.' -BBC Music Magazine'Anyone who minds about Verdi will find much here of interest.' -OperaThis anthology of essays by leading Verdi scholars and practitioners, which grew out of an international conference, is essential reading for anyone interested in the way Verdi's operas are performed. It is a lively debate on 'authentic' staging, performance practice, Verdi's ballet scores, and critical editions.

Gioachino Rossini

A Research and Information Guide

Author: Denise P. Gallo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415994578

Category: Music

Page: 385

View: 6070

Giochino Rossini: A Research and Information Guideis designed as a tool for those beginning to study the life and works of Gioachino Rossini as well as for those who wish to explore beyond the established biographies and commentaries. The first edition was published in 2001, and represented a survey of some 878 publications relating to the composer’s life and works. The second edition is revised and updated to include the more than 150 books and articles written in the field of Rossini studies since then. Contents range from sources published in the early decades of the nineteenth century to works currently in progress. General subject areas include Rossini's biography, historical and analytical studies of his operatic and non-operatic compositions, his personal and professional associations, and the reassessment of his role in the development of nineteenth-century music.

The New Grove Masters of Italian Opera

Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini

Author: Philip Gossett,Julian Budden,William Ashbrook,Friedrich Lippmann,Andrew Porter,Mosco Carner

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393303612

Category: Music

Page: 353

View: 5708

These five biographies provide the first complete survey of Italian opera from the early buffo operas of Rossini to Verdi's great masterpieces, Otello and Falstaff, and the verismo operas of Puccini. Andrew Porter has been highly praised for his original and enlightening account of Verdi, and Philip Gossett has received similar acclaim for his treatment of Rossini. Porter, Gossett, William Ashbrooke, Julian Budden, Mosco Carner, and Friedrich Lippmann, all acknowledged experts in the field of Italian opera, combine to offer insight into the traditions and workings of one of the most fascinating periods in the history of opera. Book jacket.

Opera Acts

Singers and Performance in the Late Nineteenth Century

Author: Karen Henson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316194175

Category: Music

Page: N.A

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Opera Acts explores a wealth of new historical material about singers in the late nineteenth century and challenges the idea that this was a period of decline for the opera singer. In detailed case studies of four figures - the late Verdi baritone Victor Maurel; Bizet's first Carmen, Célestine Galli-Marié; Massenet's muse of the 1880s and '90s, Sibyl Sanderson; and the early Wagner star Jean de Reszke - Karen Henson argues that singers in the late nineteenth century continued to be important, but in ways that were not conventionally 'vocal'. Instead they enjoyed a freedom and creativity based on their ability to express text, act and communicate physically, and exploit the era's media. By these and other means, singers played a crucial role in the creation of opera up to the end of the nineteenth century.

Monteverdi's Last Operas

A Venetian Trilogy

Author: Ellen Rosand,David Rosand

Publisher: Univ of California Press


Category: Music

Page: 447

View: 3383

"That Ellen Rosand's understanding of seventeenth-century Venetian opera is encyclopedic has long been recognized. By focusing her attention now on all three of the last operas of Claudio Monteverdi, however, she has met a formidable challenge: this book demonstrates how to put philology at the service of interpretation and interpretation at the service of philology. All those who care about these operas, fundamental to the development of the genre itself, and about scholarship in the Humanities, will profit from her masterful achievement."--Philip Gossett, the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor at The University of Chicago and author of Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera "Ellen Rosand's monumental study is so much more than a meticulous exploration and explanation of all the surviving material and its many literary and musical sources. She presents ingenious, utterly convincing solutions to the problems posed by this material, offering therefore countless new insights into Monteverdi's last two surviving operas, the great Poppea and Ulisse, while also reeling in to this forensic examination the tantalisingly lost score of Le nozze de Enea. Her feel for the music is inspiring, and her theatrical instinct exemplary. This is a book of phenomenal clarity and great passion, and an indispensable addition to our understanding of this great composer."--Jane Glover, Conductor and Music Director for Chicago's Music of the Baroque.

Verdi's Aida

The History of an Opera in Letters and Documents

Author: Hans Busch

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780816657155

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 744

View: 6209

Verdi's Aida was first published in 1978. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.


his life and works

Author: Richard Osborne

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 392

View: 1382

Studies the social, cultural, and political spheres that affected the lives and works of approximately 50 composers.

Michael W. Balfe

A Unique Victorian Composer

Author: Basil Walsh

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 4019

Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) rose to fame in London in 1835 immediately after the premiere of his first opera, The Siege of Rochelle. For the next thirty-five years, this unique Dublin-born musician was destined to be the most important operatic composer in Victorian Britain. He was to music in Victorian Britain what his renowned contemporary, Charles Dickens, was to literature. The popularity of their respected works reached far beyond London, Dublin, and New York in the English speaking world. Balfe also personally achieved great success in places such as Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Bologna, Palermo, Trieste, and St. Petersburg in Russia. In all, he composed twenty-eight operatic works over his lifetime. However, when his French, Italian, and German language versions are added, he actually can be credited with forty-three operas. For over fifty years, his opera, The Bohemian Girl, swept around the globe with great success, having been translated into many different languages. This definitive biography took seven years of international research and is long overdue. It corrects many anecdotal errors of previous books. It documents Balfe the man, his work, his descendents, his legacy, and influence. The biography unearths many new facts about this important Victorian composer, his music, his family, and his role as a music director at London's Italian Opera House, where he directed the local premieres of several Verdi operas. It lists all of his operas with premiere casts and the principal arias. It also identifies the current location of all known Balfe's scores and music, including his early Italian compositions which have been deemed "lost" by most scholars. ~


Author: George Henry Hubert Lascelles Harewood (Earl of)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Opera

Page: N.A

View: 9456


Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart

allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik

Author: Friedrich Blume,Ludwig Finscher

Publisher: N.A


Category: Music

Page: 49

View: 1754

10 vols. organized by "Subject" (Sachteil), and 12 vols. organized by "Personal names" (Personenteil).

The Life of Bellini

Author: John Rosselli

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521467810

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 184

View: 4406

Vincenzo Bellini's physical beauty, boundless success, and untimely death at the age of thirty-three combined to give him instant mythical status. In John Rosselli's new account, the first in English in twenty-five years, of his life and music, a more accurate view of Bellini emerges. Carefully sorting through fact, legend and even spurious documentation, Rosselli reassesses Bellini's personality, his relationships, and his short but dazzling career in Naples, Milan and Paris. He introduces the operatic world of the early nineteenth century, the singers of Bellini's roles, and, above all he explains the writing and performance of the operas themselves. What emerges from this level-headed biography is a portrait of an otherwise normal young man with uncommon musical gifts.