Understanding Italian Opera

Understanding Italian Opera Ever since its invention in Florence around opera has exerted a peculiar fascination for creative artists and audiences alike A Western genre with a global reach it is often regarded as the pin

  • Title: Understanding Italian Opera
  • Author: Tim Carter
  • ISBN: 9780190247942
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ever since its invention in Florence around 1600, opera has exerted a peculiar fascination for creative artists and audiences alike A Western genre with a global reach, it is often regarded as the pinnacle of high art, where music and drama come together in unique ways, supported by stellar singers and spectacular staging Yet it is also patently absurd why should anyonEver since its invention in Florence around 1600, opera has exerted a peculiar fascination for creative artists and audiences alike A Western genre with a global reach, it is often regarded as the pinnacle of high art, where music and drama come together in unique ways, supported by stellar singers and spectacular staging Yet it is also patently absurd why should anyone sing on the stage and shrouded in mystique In this engaging and entertaining guide, renowned music scholar Tim Carter unravels its many layers to offer a thorough introduction to Italian opera from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century.Eschewing the technical music detail that all too often dominates writing on opera, Carter begins instead where the composers themselves did with the text Walking readers through the relationship between music and words that lies at the heart of any opera, Carter then offers explorations of five of the most enduring, emblematic, and often performed Italian operas Monteverdi s The Coronation of Poppaea Handel s Julius Caesar in Egypt Mozart s The Marriage of Figaro Verdi s Rigoletto and Pucini s La Boh me Shedding light on the creative collusions and collisions involved in bringing opera to the stage, the various, and varying, demands of its text and music, and the nature of its musical drama, Carter shows how Italian opera has developed over the course of music history Complete with synopses, cast lists, and suggested further reading for each opera discussed, Understanding Italian Opera is a must read for anyone with an interest in and love for opera.

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    1. Opera, "an exotic and irrational entertainment", was born in Italy, and grew up and died there. The author takes a microscope to Italian opera in this book, which is really for serious students of the art form.What is the art form? It is verse and music made by a team, a librettist and a composer, used to create either musical drama or musical comedy for the stage. All the arts of stage entertainment are used to create the emotion that is opera: music, staging, costumes, choreography, singers, l [...]

    2. (this review is based on an ARC)Learned and thorough without being too technical, Understanding Italian Opera analyzes five popular operas from the Baroque to the Romantic period (but discusses many more works along the way).The book focuses on the interplay of words and music - and therefore on the relationship between librettists and composers, and the effects of word and music on the listener.The language and structure of opera is considered as a form of poetry - the different phrasing influe [...]

    3. This came out in October 2015, so it’s the newest entry to the “Opera 4 Dummies” type of book, which is usually all you get in the local bookstore for opera history reading. This is a slightly more academic (and slightly more expensive) option than others, sort of a cross-over academic/popular level book. It would be a good text for a lower-level undergrad class. Now what sets this book apart from other older options is two key things: One, this book represents a much more up-to-date appro [...]

    4. The cast lists and over views of the featured operas were nice, but the rest of the book was just the author's opinion (critique) of these operas, not a guide to understanding opera, as the title suggests. Casual opera listeners would be left scratching their heads. I was approved for this eARC via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

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