A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne

A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne

by M. Owen Lee
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802083870

ISBN-13: 9780802083876

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

Father Owen Lee is internationally known for his intermission commentaries featured during the Saturday afternoon broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne gathers together for the first time Father Lee's best broadcast and cassette commentaries, public lectures, and articles on twenty-three

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Father Owen Lee is internationally known for his intermission commentaries featured during the Saturday afternoon broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. A Season of Opera: From Orpheus to Ariadne gathers together for the first time Father Lee's best broadcast and cassette commentaries, public lectures, and articles on twenty-three works for the musical stage. The essays range from the pioneering Orpheus of Monteverdi to the forward-looking Ariadne of Richard Strauss.

Included are Father Lee's famous discussions of Mozart's Magic Flute and Beethoven's Fidelio, Verdi's La Traviata and Falstaff, Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, and Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. The concluding chapter, originally published as the lead article in The Opera Quarterly's special issue on the end of the twentieth century, is a thought-provoking forecast of opera's future. Recommendations for further reading, CD recordings, and videos are also included.

Opera Canada has applauded Father Lee's 'extraordinary ability to engage, challenge, and enlighten a vast and diverse audience' and called his learning-worn-lightly commentaries 'a unique mix of spiritual empathy, classical scholarship, and psychological insight.' Opera lovers, or anyone interested in psychology and mythology, humanities and comparative literature, or the art of the essay will welcome this book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802083876
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1The Birth of Opera from the Spirit of Orpheus3
2Du Musst dein Leben Andern: Orfeo ed Euridice13
3The Opera of All Operas: Don Giovanni19
4The Music of Intuitive Angels: The Magic Flute27
5Music to Set the Spirit Free: Fidelio41
6Show Business Sense: L'Elisir d'Amore54
7Oh, Sweet Music of Donizetti! Lucia di Lammermoor60
8Elemental, Furious, Wholly True: Il Trovatore67
9The Requisite Miracle: La Traviata78
10The Whole Checkered Play of Life: La Forza del Destino84
11Melt Egypt into Nile: Aida90
12A Figure as Old as Comedy: Falstaff97
13The Exasperated Eagle and the Stoic Saint: Les Troyens101
14The Sins of Wagner's Youth: Rienzi111
15Long Day's Journey into Night: Tristan und Isolde118
16The Making of a Musical Legend: Palestrina139
17The Moon Is Like the Moon: Salome147
18Genius and Morbidezza: Manon Lescaut153
19Mists, Sails, Sounds, and Impressions: Pelleas et Melisande158
20It Is Your Turn to Speak: Dialogues des Carmelites170
21An Opera Made of Songs: Porgy and Bess182
22The Music Wrote Itself: Oklahoma!191
23Hurry up Please its Time197
Further Reading217
Recordings and Videos221
Index231

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