Ancient Rome in Early Opera

Ancient Rome in Early Opera

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The major historians of ancient Rome wrote their works in the firm belief that the exalted history of the Roman Empire provided plentiful lessons about individual behavior, inspiration for great souls, and warnings against evil ambitions, not to mention opportunities for rich comedy. The examples of Rome have often been resurrected for the opera stage to display the exceptional grandeur, glory, and tragedy of Roman figures.

In this volume, Robert C. Ketterer tracks the changes as operas\u2019 Roman subjects crossed generations and national boundaries. Following opera from its origins in seventeenth-century Venice to Napoleon\u2019s invasion of Italy, Ketterer shows how Roman history provided composers with all the necessary courage and intrigue, love and honor, and triumph and defeat so vital for the stirring music that makes great opera.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 147.32 x 317.5 x 17.78mm | 566.99g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 2. Aufl.
  • 0252033787
  • 9780252033780

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"A wealth of insightful and virtuoso interpretations of many of the best-known historical characters in early Italian opera."--Early Music "A very fine book, recommended to all who are interested in opera before(and including) Mozart."--Comparative Drama "A marvelous book. . . . Ketterer has performed a signal service in bringing his classical knowledge to the attention of musicologists, and his musical perceptiveness to the community of classicists."--Classical Journal
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About Robert C. Ketterer

Robert C. Ketterer is a professor of Classics at the University of Iowa and the coeditor of Crossing the Stages: The Production, Performance and Reception of Ancient Theater.
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