Czech Opera

Czech Opera
Author: John Tyrrell
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 1988
ISBN: 9780521347136
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Czech Opera Book Excerpt:

Opera is the grandest and most potent cultural expression of the nationalist movement which led to the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918. During this period Czech opera developed into a genre of major artistic importance cultivated by composers of the stature of Smetana, Dvorák and Janácek. Czech Opera examines opera in its national contexts, and is a study not only of operas written in Czech, but also of the specific circumstances which shaped them. These include the historical and political background to the period, the theatres in which Czech plays and operas were first performed, and the composers and performers who worked in them. The role of the librettists is given particular prominence and is complemented by a detailed chapter on the subject matter of the librettos shedding light on the subject matter of the historical and mythic background of the genre.

Ballet and Opera in the Age of Giselle

Ballet and Opera in the Age of  Giselle
Author: Marian Smith
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-08-09
ISBN: 1400832470
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ballet and Opera in the Age of Giselle Book Excerpt:

Marian Smith recaptures a rich period in French musical theater when ballet and opera were intimately connected. Focusing on the age of Giselle at the Paris Opéra (from the 1830s through the 1840s), Smith offers an unprecedented look at the structural and thematic relationship between the two genres. She argues that a deeper understanding of both ballet and opera--and of nineteenth-century theater-going culture in general--may be gained by examining them within the same framework instead of following the usual practice of telling their histories separately. This handsomely illustrated book ultimately provides a new portrait of the Opéra during a period long celebrated for its box-office successes in both genres. Smith begins by showing how gestures were encoded in the musical language that composers used in ballet and in opera. She moves on to a wide range of topics, including the relationship between the gestures of the singers and the movements of the dancers, and the distinction between dance that represents dancing (entertainment staged within the story of the opera) and dance that represents action. Smith maintains that ballet-pantomime and opera continued to rely on each other well into the nineteenth century, even as they thrived independently. The "divorce" between the two arts occurred little by little, and may be traced through unlikely sources: controversies in the press about the changing nature of ballet-pantomime music, shifting ideas about originality, complaints about the ridiculousness of pantomime, and a little-known rehearsal score for Giselle.

Cinema s Illusions Opera s Allure

Cinema s Illusions  Opera s Allure
Author: David Schroeder
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-10-06
ISBN: 1474291414
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Cinema s Illusions Opera s Allure Book Excerpt:

The invention of cinema was ingenious, so much so that virtually no-one quite knew what to do with it. In its earliest stages, especially with the advent of the feature film, it needed models, and opera proved to be especially useful in that regard. The allure of opera to cinema early in the twentieth century held up through the silent era, into sound films, through the golden age of movies, and beyond. This book explores the numerous ways – some predictable, some unexpected, and some bizarre – in which this has happened. The influence of Richard Wagner on filmmakers has been especially striking, and some have even devised visual images that seem to emerge from a kind of non-verbal Wagnerian essence – a formative, musical urge that can underlie a cinematic idea, defying explanation and remaining purely sensory. Directors like Griffith, DeMille, Eisenstein, Chaplin, Bunuel or Hitchcock have intuited this possibility. Schroeder provides a fascinating, well-researched and always entertaining account of the influence of one medium on another, and shows that opera can often be found lurking in the background (or booming in the foreground) of an impressive range of films.

Inventing the Business of Opera

Inventing the Business of Opera
Author: Beth L. Glixon,Jonathan E. Glixon
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2005-12-01
ISBN: 9780195348361
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inventing the Business of Opera Book Excerpt:

In mid-seventeenth-century Venice, opera first emerged from courts and private drawing rooms to become a form of public entertainment. Early commercial operas were elaborate spectacles, featuring ornate costumes and set design along with dancing and music. As ambitious works of theater, these productions required not only significant financial backing, but also strong managers to oversee several months of rehearsals and performances. These impresarios were responsible for every facet of production from contracting the cast to balancing the books at season's end. The systems they created still survive, in part, today. Inventing the Business of Opera explores public opera in its infancy, from 1637 to 1677, when theater owners and impresarios established Venice as the operatic capital of Europe. Drawing on extensive new documentation, the book studies all of the components necessary to opera production, from the financial backing and the issue of patronage to the commissioning and creation of the libretto and the score; the recruitment and employment of singers, dancers, and instrumentalists; the production of the scenery and the costumes; and the nature of the audience. The authors examine the challenges faced by four separate Venetian theaters during the seventeenth century, and focus particularly on the progress of Marco Faustini, the impresario most well known today. Faustini made his way from one of Venice's smallest theaters to one of the largest, and his advancement provides a personal view of an impresario and his partners, who ranged from Venetian nobles to artisans. Throughout the book, Venice emerges as a city that prized novelty over economy, with new repertory, scenery, costumes, and expensive singers the rule rather than the exception. Through close examination of an extraordinary cache of documents--including personal papers, account books, and correspondence--Beth and Jonathan Glixon provide a comprehensive view of opera production in mid seventeenth- century Venice. For the first time in a study of Venetian opera, an emphasis is placed on the physical production-- the scenery, costumes, and stage machinery--that tied these opera productions to the social and economic life of the city. This original and meticulously researched study will be of strong interest to all students of opera and its history.

Opera from the Greek

Opera from the Greek
Author: Michael Ewans
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2007-01-01
ISBN: 9780754660996
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opera from the Greek Book Excerpt:

Michael Ewans explores how classical Greek tragedy and epic poetry have been appropriated in opera, through eight selected case studies. He examines the issues through a comparative analysis of significant divergences of plot, character and dramatic strategy between source text, libretto and opera.

Opera on Stage

Opera on Stage
Author: Mercedes Viale Ferrero
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 346
Release: 2002-07
ISBN: 0226045919
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opera on Stage Book Excerpt:

The History of Italian Opera marks the first time a team of expert scholars has worked together to investigate the Italian operatic tradition in its entirety, rather than limiting its focus to individual eras or major composers and their masterworks. Including both musicologists and historians of other arts, the contributors approach opera not only as a distinctive musical genre but also as a form of extravagant theater and a complex social phenomenon-resulting in the sort of panoramic view critical to a deep and fruitful understanding of the art. Opera on Stage, the second book of this multi-volume work to be published in English-in an expanded and updated version-focuses on staging and viewing Italian opera, from the court spectacles of the late sixteenth century to modern-day commercial productions. Mercedes Viale Ferrero describes the history of theater and stage design, detailing the evolution of the art well into the twentieth century. Gerardo Guccini does the same for stage and opera direction and the development of the director's role as an autonomous creative force. Kathleen Kuzmick Hansell discusses the interrelationships between theatrical ballet and Italian opera, from the age of Venetian opera to the early twentieth century. The visual emphasis of all three contributions is supplemented by over one hundred illustrations, and because much of this material-on the more "spectacular" visual aspects of Italian opera-has never before appeared in English, Opera on Stage will be welcomed by scholars and opera enthusiasts alike.

Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien R gime 1647 1785

Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien R  gime  1647 1785
Author: Downing A. Thomas
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 411
Release: 2002
ISBN: 9780521801881
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aesthetics of Opera in the Ancien R gime 1647 1785 Book Excerpt:

This study recognizes the broad impact of opera in early-modern French culture.

Opera in the Tropics

Opera in the Tropics
Author: Rogério Budasz
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-03-22
ISBN: 0190215844
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opera in the Tropics Book Excerpt:

Opera in the Tropics is an engaging exploration of theater with music in Brazil from the mid 1500s to the early 1820s. Author Rogério Budasz delves into the practices of the actors, singers, poets, and composers who created and performed Jesuit moral plays, Spanish comedias, and Portuguese vernacular operas and entremezes during the colonial period, as well as the Italian operas that celebrated the new independent nation in 1822. A Brazilian producer claimed in 1825 that the goal of music-theater was to instruct, entertain, and distract the population. Budasz argues that this threefold goal had in fact been present throughout the colonial period, in different combinations and with different purposes, at the hands of missionaries, intellectuals, bureaucrats, political leaders, and cultural producers. While Budasz demonstrates a continuity from Portuguese theatrical practices, primarily through the circulation of artists and repertory, he also examines a number of localized departures from the metropolitan model, particularly in the ethnic and gender profile of theatrical workers, in the modifications determined by local tastes, priorities, and materials, and in the political use of theater as an ideological and civilizing tool within the paradoxical context of a slave society. An eye-opening narrative of the transformations and uses of a colonial art form, Opera in the Tropics will be essential reading for all interested in the music and theater in Iberian and Latin American culture.

Between Opera and Cinema

Between Opera and Cinema
Author: Jeongwon Joe,Rose Theresa
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN: 1136534075
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Between Opera and Cinema Book Excerpt:

Leading scholars of opera and film explore the many ways these two seemingly unrelated genres have come together from the silent-film era to today.

Stone Soup A Rock Opera ENHANCED eBook

Stone Soup   A  Rock  Opera  ENHANCED eBook
Author: Carol B. Kaplan-Lyss,Sandi Becker
Publsiher: Lorenz Educational Press
Total Pages: 32
Release: 1987-09-01
ISBN: 1429116420
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Stone Soup A Rock Opera ENHANCED eBook Book Excerpt:

Applause! Applause! And wasn't it easy! Even non-musical teachers will love using this simple musical play. Children will bring stories to life through drama, music, art, language, and gross motor activities. Each book contains a CD (print books) or audio files (eBooks) and a resource guide loaded with songs, music, and step-by-step directions for classroom use or performance. The CD and audio files contain both songs with lyrics, and piano accompaniment only. This play is loaded with wonderful music and catchy lyrics that children will want to sing again and again!

What to Listen For in Opera

What to Listen For in Opera
Author: Charles R. Beck
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2014-09-22
ISBN: 0786496096
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What to Listen For in Opera Book Excerpt:

Covering famous operas from 14 Italian, French and German composers, this handbook is designed to help listeners understand and appreciate the special skills required to sing famous operatic songs. The book includes a plot synopsis of each opera with information about each song, which are introduced in their dramatic settings along with the vocal requirements for the most demanding passages. Interactive literary and rhyming exercises help the reader become more engaged and knowledgeable. Foreign language passages are translated into English and key words are highlighted in each language. The operatic vocabulary is defined to help the listener better understand the technical demands for a highly trained voice. The book is designed as a useful handbook for both experienced and beginning opera listeners. Appendices provide information on singers, recordings and useful references.

Monstrous Opera

Monstrous Opera
Author: Charles William Dill,Carolyn Abbate,Roger Parker
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 197
Release: 1998
ISBN: 9780691044439
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Monstrous Opera Book Excerpt:

One of the foremost composers of the French Baroque operatic tradition, Rameau is often cited for his struggle to steer lyric tragedy away from its strict Lullian form, inspired by spoken tragedy, and toward a more expressive musical style. In this fresh exploration of Rameau's compositional aesthetic, Charles Dill depicts a much more complicated figure: one obsessed with tradition, music theory, his own creative instincts, and the public's expectations of his music. Dill examines the ways Rameau mediated among these often competing values and how he interacted with his critics and with the public. The result is a sophisticated rethinking of Rameau as a musical innovator. In his compositions, Rameau tried to highlight music's potential for dramatic meanings. But his listeners, who understood lyric tragedy to be a poetic rather than musical genre, were generally frustrated by these attempts. In fact, some described Rameau's music as monstrous--using an image of deformity to represent the failure of reason and communication. Dill shows how Rameau answered his critics with rational, theoretical arguments about the role of music in lyric tragedy. At the same time, however, the composer sought to placate his audiences by substantially revising his musical texts in later performances, sometimes abandoning his most creative ideas. Monstrous Opera illuminates the complexity of Rameau's vision, revealing not only the tensions within the music but also the conflicting desires that drove the man--himself caricatured by his contemporaries as a monster. Originally published in 1998. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Opera in the Age of Rousseau

Opera in the Age of Rousseau
Author: David Charlton
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 413
Release: 2012-10-25
ISBN: 0521887607
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opera in the Age of Rousseau Book Excerpt:

A wide-ranging account of opera on stage and in society in the age of Rousseau, from Rameau to Gluck.

Reminiscences of the Opera

Reminiscences of the Opera
Author: Benjamin Lumley
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 448
Release: 1864
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Opera
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reminiscences of the Opera Book Excerpt:

A memoir of the director of Her Majesty's Theatre, London.

Opera

Opera
Author: George Henry Hubert Lascelles Earl of Harewood
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1980
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Dramatic music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opera Book Excerpt:

La Violette opera comique en trois actes in prose and verse etc

La Violette  opera comique en trois actes  in prose and verse   etc
Author: Eugène de Planard
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1828
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

La Violette opera comique en trois actes in prose and verse etc Book Excerpt:

Opera News

Opera News
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1970
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Opera
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Opera News Book Excerpt:

Central Opera Service Bulletin

Central Opera Service Bulletin
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1981
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Central Opera Service Bulletin Book Excerpt:

The Vienna State Opera

The Vienna State Opera
Author: Rudolf Klein
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 80
Release: 1969
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Opera
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Vienna State Opera Book Excerpt:

The Opera Quarterly

The Opera Quarterly
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1995
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Opera
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Opera Quarterly Book Excerpt: