Divas and Scholars

Author: Philip Gossett
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226304885
Release Date: 2008-09-15
Genre: Music

Winner of the 2007 Otto Kinkeldey Award from the American Musicological Society and the 2007 Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Divas and Scholars is a dazzling and beguiling account of how opera comes to the stage, filled with Philip Gossett’s personal experiences of triumphant—and even failed—performances and suffused with his towering and tonic passion for music. Writing as a fan, a musician, and a scholar, Gossett, the world's leading authority on the performance of Italian opera, brings colorfully to life the problems, and occasionally the scandals, that attend the production of some of our most favorite operas. Gossett begins by tracing the social history of nineteenth-century Italian theaters in order to explain the nature of the musical scores from which performers have long worked. He then illuminates the often hidden but crucial negotiations opera scholars and opera conductors and performers: What does it mean to talk about performing from a critical edition? How does one determine what music to perform when multiple versions of an opera exist? What are the implications of omitting passages from an opera in a performance? In addition to vexing questions such as these, Gossett also tackles issues of ornamentation and transposition in vocal style, the matters of translation and adaptation, and even aspects of stage direction and set design. Throughout this extensive and passionate work, Gossett enlivens his history with reports from his own experiences with major opera companies at venues ranging from the Metropolitan and Santa Fe operas to the Rossini Opera Festival at Pesaro. The result is a book that will enthrall both aficionados of Italian opera and newcomers seeking a reliable introduction to it—in all its incomparable grandeur and timeless allure.

Italian Opera

Author: David R. B. Kimbell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521466431
Release Date: 1994-03-10
Genre: Music

David Kimbell traces the history of Italian opera from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century.


Author: Marcus Felsner
Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann
ISBN: 9783826039140
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Opera

Verdi in Performance

Author: Alison Latham
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0198167350
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Music

'Impressive volume... as a Professor of music history, I would require graduate students, both performers and incipient musicologists, to read extensively from this volume, with full confidence that it would open their minds to the myriad problems inherent in editing and performing music and engender lively, thoughtful discussion.' -The Opera Quarterly'Much of the material is clearly applicable to modern performance of a wide range of music... Verdi in Performance provides state-of-the-art discussion not only of Verdi scholarship as related to performance, but stimulating presentation of universal music performance concerns by some of the leading scholars, directors, and conductors currently active. The discussions present a myriad of viewpoints and considerations, and both the format of the volume (statement and responses) and the contents encourage further open-ended discussion.' -The Opera Quarterly'A book short in length but rich in intellectual stimulation.' -BBC Music Magazine'Anyone who minds about Verdi will find much here of interest.' -OperaThis anthology of essays by leading Verdi scholars and practitioners, which grew out of an international conference, is essential reading for anyone interested in the way Verdi's operas are performed. It is a lively debate on 'authentic' staging, performance practice, Verdi's ballet scores, and critical editions.

The New Grove Masters of Italian Opera

Author: Philip Gossett
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393303616
Release Date: 1997-07-01
Genre: Music

These five biographies provide the first complete survey of Italian opera from the early buffo operas of Rossini to Verdi's great masterpieces, Otello and Falstaff, and the verismo operas of Puccini. Andrew Porter has been highly praised for his original and enlightening account of Verdi, and Philip Gossett has received similar acclaim for his treatment of Rossini. Porter, Gossett, William Ashbrooke, Julian Budden, Mosco Carner, and Friedrich Lippmann, all acknowledged experts in the field of Italian opera, combine to offer insight into the traditions and workings of one of the most fascinating periods in the history of opera. Book jacket.

Gioachino Rossini

Author: Denise P. Gallo
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415994576
Release Date: 2010-01
Genre: Music

Giochino Rossini: A Research and Information Guideis designed as a tool for those beginning to study the life and works of Gioachino Rossini as well as for those who wish to explore beyond the established biographies and commentaries. The first edition was published in 2001, and represented a survey of some 878 publications relating to the composer’s life and works. The second edition is revised and updated to include the more than 150 books and articles written in the field of Rossini studies since then. Contents range from sources published in the early decades of the nineteenth century to works currently in progress. General subject areas include Rossini's biography, historical and analytical studies of his operatic and non-operatic compositions, his personal and professional associations, and the reassessment of his role in the development of nineteenth-century music.

Musik und Erinnern

Author: Christian Glanz
Publisher: Hollitzer Wissenschaftsverlag
ISBN: 9783990121771
Release Date: 2015-01-07
Genre: Music

Musikalische "Erinnerungsorte" stellen die verbindende Klammer für sehr unterschiedliche Annäherungen an ein weites Themenfeld dar, welches von der Musikwissenschaftlerin Cornelia Szabó-Knotik in zahlreichen Fachpublikationen untersucht wurde. In Würdigung ihrer Leistungen im Sinne einer Ausweitung musikwissenschaftlicher Forschungszugänge behandeln die Beiträge sowohl musikgeschichtliche Fragestellungen im engeren Sinne, als auch die Rolle von Medien und Geschichtskonstruktionen in unterschiedlichen Kontexten.

Opera Acts

Author: Karen Henson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781316194171
Release Date: 2015-01-15
Genre: Music

Opera Acts explores a wealth of new historical material about singers in the late nineteenth century and challenges the idea that this was a period of decline for the opera singer. In detailed case studies of four figures - the late Verdi baritone Victor Maurel; Bizet's first Carmen, Célestine Galli-Marié; Massenet's muse of the 1880s and '90s, Sibyl Sanderson; and the early Wagner star Jean de Reszke - Karen Henson argues that singers in the late nineteenth century continued to be important, but in ways that were not conventionally 'vocal'. Instead they enjoyed a freedom and creativity based on their ability to express text, act and communicate physically, and exploit the era's media. By these and other means, singers played a crucial role in the creation of opera up to the end of the nineteenth century.

Monteverdi s Last Operas

Author: Ellen Rosand
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: UOM:39015074042386
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Music

"That Ellen Rosand's understanding of seventeenth-century Venetian opera is encyclopedic has long been recognized. By focusing her attention now on all three of the last operas of Claudio Monteverdi, however, she has met a formidable challenge: this book demonstrates how to put philology at the service of interpretation and interpretation at the service of philology. All those who care about these operas, fundamental to the development of the genre itself, and about scholarship in the Humanities, will profit from her masterful achievement."--Philip Gossett, the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor at The University of Chicago and author of Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera "Ellen Rosand's monumental study is so much more than a meticulous exploration and explanation of all the surviving material and its many literary and musical sources. She presents ingenious, utterly convincing solutions to the problems posed by this material, offering therefore countless new insights into Monteverdi's last two surviving operas, the great Poppea and Ulisse, while also reeling in to this forensic examination the tantalisingly lost score of Le nozze de Enea. Her feel for the music is inspiring, and her theatrical instinct exemplary. This is a book of phenomenal clarity and great passion, and an indispensable addition to our understanding of this great composer."--Jane Glover, Conductor and Music Director for Chicago's Music of the Baroque.


ISBN: UOM:39015057458351
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Opera

Verdi s Aida

Author: Hans Busch
ISBN: 0816657157
Release Date: 1978-04-24
Genre: Performing Arts

Verdi's Aida was first published in 1978. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.


Author: Richard Osborne
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: UOM:39015070750719
Release Date: 2007-09-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Studies the social, cultural, and political spheres that affected the lives and works of approximately 50 composers.