Essays on Opera

Essays on Opera

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This volume comprises a collection of some 30 essays written in the course of the past thirty-five years, from a variety of sources. They encompass a diversity of opera-related subjects, ranging from shorter pieces for "The Listener" to substantial surveys such as "Shakespeare in the Opera House" and "Beethoven and Opera". Scholarly articles containing the results of original research appear alongside more general essays intended for the non-specialist reader with an interest in opera. The articles have been updated and annotated, and some have been extensively revised in the light of more recent more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 26mm | 714g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • music examples, 12pp plates
  • 0193152657
  • 9780193152656

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Critic and composer; Handel's early London copyists; vocal embellishment in a Handel aria; Mattheson's arrangement of Handel's "Radamisto" for the Hamburg Opera; a French traveller's view of handel's operas; Handel's "Sosarme", a puzzle opera; Charles Jennens' marginalia to Mainwaring's life of Handel; the performance of recitative in late Baroque Opera; Gluck and the reform of opera; "Iphigenie en tauride"; Haydn's "Orfeo"; Cimarosa and "Il matrimonio segreto"; opera under the French Revoultion; Beethoven and Opera; Beethoven in his letters; "Euryanthe"; Meyerbeer's Italian operas; Donizetti and Queen Elizabeth; Donizetti's serious operas; "La damnation de Faust"; "Les Troyens"; Berlioz and the comic muse; Cornelius and "Der Barbier von Bagdad"; Verdi's "Otello" - a Shakespearian masterpiece; the man Verdi; Shakespeare in the Opera House; Bizet's "Ivan IV"; the true "Carmen"?; "Katya Kabanova"; Edward J. Dent - a centenary more

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