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In this book, Rebecca Harris-Warrick dismantles the prevailing notion that dance in French Baroque opera was merely decorative, and presents compelling evidence that the divertissement is essential to understanding the work. Evolving practices in music, librettos, choreography and staging are brought to bear on sixty years of operatic history.
Veteran opera director William Ferrara walks the reader through the staging of twenty-five scenes from two of opera's most beloved composers. He brings to life Donizetti's delightful comedies and guides us through the dark world of Lucia di Lammmermoor. He discusses the hard moral choices in Verdi's tragedies and invigorates...
'D'Oyly Carte: The Inside Story' looks at the life of the historic D'Oyly Carte Opera Company between 1950 and its sad demise in 1982.
Gilbert and Sullivan\'s \'Respectable Capers\': Class, Respectability and the Savoy Operas 1877-1909
This innovative account of the Gilbert and Sullivan partnership provides a unique insight into the experience of both attending and performing in the original productions of the most influential and enduring pieces of English-language musical theatre. In the 1870s, Savoy impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte astutely realized that a conscious move...
Focusing on the operatic soprano and her relationships with technology from the 1820s to the twenty-first-century digital age, this book considers how 'the diva's' voice and allure have been created by technologies and media such as theatrical stagecraft, journalism, and the simulcast.
By Jasper Rees
'People may say that I couldn't sing. But no one can say that I didn't sing.' Despite lacking pitch, rhythm or tone, Florence Foster Jenkins became one of America's best-known sopranos, celebrated for her unique recordings and her sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Born in 1868 to wealthy Pennsylvanian parents,...
A cheerful collection of Jonathan's wonderful stories from the world of opera.
By Tim Carter
Opera has long fascinated creative artists and audiences alike. It is often regarded as the pinnacle of high art, yet it is also shrouded in mystique. Understanding Italian Opera unravels its many layers by looking closely at five of the most enduring and emblematic Italian operas from Monteverdi to Puccini.