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The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera

The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera

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David Charlton, Hervé Lacombe, Nicholas White, Simon Williams, James Parakilas, Marian Smith, Mary Ann Smart, David Pountney, Sarah Hibberd, Herbert Schneider, Matthias Brzoska, John H. Roberts, Diana R. Hallman, M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet, Steven Huebner, Thomas Grey, Marina Frolova-Walker, Jan Smaczny, Fiamma Nicolodi
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  • Date Published: September 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521646833

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  • A team of scholars and writers examines important Romantic operas and traces the origins and development of a style created during an increasingly technical age. The volume analyzes grand operas by Rossini, Auber, Meyerbeer and Halévy and discusses grand opera in Russia and Germany, and the Czechoslovakian territories, Italy, Britain and the Americas. The volume includes an essay by the renowned opera director David Pountney.

    • Accessible introduction to the world of grand opera and its frequently performed works such as Guillaume Tell
    • Also offers insights into those less-performed but important grand operas such as Rienzi and Les Huguenots, among others
    • The perfect introduction for opera enthusiasts and students
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    "[A] valuable addition to the 'Cambridge Companions to Music' series.... Highly recommended." Choice

    "This book is essential for those interested in nineteenth -century opera - as well as the culture of the period - and those interested in this music should not miss it." Opera Today.com

    "Provides unique insights..." --Opera Journal

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    • Date Published: September 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521646833
    • length: 522 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 168 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 20 tables 46 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction David Charlton
    Part I. The Resourcing of Grand Opera:
    2. The 'machine' and the State Hervé Lacombe
    3. Fictions and librettos Nicholas White
    4. The spectacle of the past in grand opera Simon Williams
    5. The chorus James Parakilas
    6. Dance and dancers Marian Smith
    7. Roles, reputations, shadows: singers at the Opéra, 1828–49 Mary Ann Smart
    Part II. Revaluation and the Twenty-first Century:
    8. Directing grand opera: Rienzi and Guillaume Tell at the Vienna State Opera David Pountney
    Part III. Grand Operas for Paris:
    9. La Muette and her context Sarah Hibberd
    10. Scribe and Auber: constructing grand opera Herbert Schneider
    11. Meyerbeer: Robert le Diable and Les Huguenots Matthias Brzoska
    12. Meyerbeer: Le Prophète and L'Africaine John H. Roberts
    13. The grand operas of Fromental Halévy Diana R. Hallman
    14. From Rossini to Verdi M. Elizabeth C. Bartlett
    15. After 1850 at the Paris Opéra: institution and repertory Steven Huebner
    Part IV. Transformations of Grand Opera:
    16. Richard Wagner and the legacy of French grand opera Thomas Grey
    17. Grand opera in Russia: fragments Marina Frolova-Walker
    18. Grand opera among the Czechs Jan Smaczny
    19. Italian opera Fiamma Nicolodi
    20. Grand opera in Britain and the Americas Sarah Hibberd.

  • Editor

    David Charlton, Royal Holloway, University of London
    David Charlton is Professor of Music History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Grétry and the Growth of Opéra-Comique (Cambridge, 1986), E. T. A. Hoffman's Musical Writings: Kreisleriana; The Poet and the Composer; Music Criticism (Cambridge, 1989) and most recently, French Opera 1730–1830 (2000).

    Contributors

    David Charlton, Hervé Lacombe, Nicholas White, Simon Williams, James Parakilas, Marian Smith, Mary Ann Smart, David Pountney, Sarah Hibberd, Herbert Schneider, Matthias Brzoska, John H. Roberts, Diana R. Hallman, M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet, Steven Huebner, Thomas Grey, Marina Frolova-Walker, Jan Smaczny, Fiamma Nicolodi

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