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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera

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Pierpaolo Polzonetti, James Webster, Caryl Clark, Francesco Cotticelli, Paologiovanni Maione, Gianni Cicali, Rebecca Harris-Warrick, John Spitzer, Alessandra Campana, David Charlton, Estelle Joubert, Michael Burden, Anthony R. DelDonna, Manuel Carlos de Brito, Louise Stein, José Máximo Leza
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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521873581

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  • Reflecting a wide variety of approaches to eighteenth-century opera, this Companion brings together leading international experts in the field to provide a valuable reference source. Viewing opera as a complex and fascinating form of art and social ritual, rather than reducing it simply to music and text analysis, individual essays investigate aspects such as audiences, architecture of the theaters, marketing, acting style, and the politics and strategy of representing class and gender. Overall, the volume provides a synthesis of well established knowledge, reflects recent research on eighteenth-century opera, and stimulates further research. The reader is encouraged to view opera as a cultural phenomenon that can reveal aspects of our culture, both past and present. Eighteenth-century opera is experiencing continuing critical and popular success through innovative and provoking productions world-wide, and this Companion will appeal to opera goers as well as to students and teachers of this key topic.

    • Demonstrates why eighteenth-century opera is still relevant to us today, covering the reasons for its ongoing popular and critical success
    • Perfect for undergraduate and graduate courses on eighteenth-century opera, a key topic in music studies
    • The contributors represent a wide range of countries, reflecting the international nature of eighteenth-century opera
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    "The divided authorship provides a rich fund of expertise... This Companion has succeeded in its aim to address a wide range of skills and interests. ..The style is always accessible... it is a pleasure to handle. It cannot fail to leave its readers enlightened." --Musical Times

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521873581
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.83kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 15 tables 41 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology of relevant events in eighteenth-century opera
    Part I. The Making of Opera:
    1. Opera as process Pierpaolo Polzonetti
    2. Aria as drama James Webster
    3. Ensembles and finales Caryl Clark
    4. Metastasio: the dramaturgy of eighteenth-century heroic opera Francesco Cotticelli and Paologiovanni Maione
    5. Roles and acting Gianni Cicali
    6. Ballet Rebecca Harris-Warrick
    7. Orchestra and voice in eighteenth-century Italian opera John Spitzer
    8. To look again (at Don Giovanni) Alessandra Campana
    Part II. National Styles and Genres:
    9. Genre and form in French opera David Charlton
    10. Genre and form in German opera Estelle Joubert
    11. Opera in eighteenth-century England: English opera, masques, ballad operas Michael Burden
    12. Opera in Naples Anthony R. DelDonna
    13. Portugal and Brazil Manuel Carlos de Brito
    14. Opera, genre, and context in Spain and its American colonies Louise Stein and José Máximo Leza.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Opera
    • Proseminar in Music, 1700-1800
  • Editors

    Anthony R. DelDonna, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Anthony R. DelDonna is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Georgetown University.

    Pierpaolo Polzonetti, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Pierpaolo Polzonetti is Assistant Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

    Contributors

    Pierpaolo Polzonetti, James Webster, Caryl Clark, Francesco Cotticelli, Paologiovanni Maione, Gianni Cicali, Rebecca Harris-Warrick, John Spitzer, Alessandra Campana, David Charlton, Estelle Joubert, Michael Burden, Anthony R. DelDonna, Manuel Carlos de Brito, Louise Stein, José Máximo Leza

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