Unsettling Opera

Unsettling Opera

Author: David J. Levin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226475257

Category: Music

Page: 274

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What happens when operas that are comfortably ensconced in the canon are thoroughly rethought and radically recast on stage? What does a staging do to our understanding of an opera, and of opera generally? While a stage production can disrupt a work that was thought to be established, David J. Levin here argues that the genre of opera is itself unsettled, and that the performance of operas, at its best, clarifies this condition by bringing opera’s restlessness and volatility to life. Unsettling Opera explores a variety of fields, considering questions of operatic textuality, dramaturgical practice, and performance theory. Levin opens with a brief history of opera production, opera studies, and dramatic composition, and goes on to consider in detail various productions of the works of Wagner, Mozart, Verdi, and Alexander Zemlinsky. Ultimately, the book seeks to initiate a dialogue between scholars of music, literature, and performance by addressing questions raised in each field in a manner that influences them all.
Unsettling Opera
Language: en
Pages: 274
Authors: David J. Levin
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-11-15 - Publisher: University of Chicago Press

What happens when operas that are comfortably ensconced in the canon are thoroughly rethought and radically recast on stage? What does a staging do to our understanding of an opera, and of opera generally? While a stage production can disrupt a work that was thought to be established, David J.
Carmen Abroad
Language: en
Pages: 387
Authors: Richard Langham Smith, Clair Rowden
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-30 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A transnational history of the performance, reception, translation, adaptation and appropriation of Bizet's Carmen from 1875 to 1945. This volume explores how Bizet's opera swiftly travelled the globe, and how the story, the music, the staging and the singers appealed to audiences in diverse contexts.
Brecht at the Opera
Language: en
Pages: 300
Authors: Joy H. Calico
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-10-22 - Publisher: University of California Press

From an award-winning author, the first thorough examination of the important influence of opera on Brecht’s writings. Brecht at the Opera looks at the German playwright's lifelong ambivalent engagement with opera. An ardent opera lover in his youth, Brecht later denounced the genre as decadent and irrelevant to modern society
Storytelling in Opera and Musical Theater
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Nina Penner
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-06 - Publisher: Indiana University Press

Storytelling in Opera and Musical Theater is the first systematic exploration of how sung forms of drama tell stories. Through examples from opera's origins to contemporary musicals, Nina Penner examines the roles of character-narrators and how they differ from those in literary and cinematic works, how music can orient spectators
Performing Homer: The Voyage of Ulysses from Epic to Opera
Language: en
Pages: 198
Authors: Wendy Heller, Eleonora Stoppino
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-23 - Publisher: Routledge

The epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey, attributed to Homer, are among the oldest surviving works of literature derived from oral performance. Deeply embedded in these works is the notion that they were intended to be heard: there is something musical about Homer's use of language and a vivid