A History of Opera

A History of Opera

by Carolyn Abbate, Roger Parker

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393348958
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 377,323
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Abbate, professor of music at Harvard University, is the author of Unsung Voices and In Search of Opera. She writes on film, philosophy, and opera and has also worked as a translator and dramaturge. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Roger Parker, professor of music at King’s College London, writes on opera and music in London. He is the author of Leonora’s Last Act and Remaking the Song and was a founding coeditor of the Cambridge Opera Journal. He lives in Hampshire.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations ix

Preface and acknowledgements xiii

1 Introduction 1

2 Opera's first centennial 36

3 Opera seria 68

4 Discipline 91

5 Opera buffa and Mozart's line of beauty 117

6 Singing and speaking before 1800 145

7 The German problem 167

8 Rossini and transition 188

9 The tenor comes of age 215

10 Young Verdi 241

11 Grand Opera 261

12 Young Wagner 290

13 Opéra comique, the crucible 315

14 Old Wagner 341

15 Verdi - older still 373

16 Realism and clamour 397

17 Turning point 425

18 Modern 456

19 Speech 488

20 We are alone in the forest 516

References 549

Bibliography 568

Index 579

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