Foreign Opera at the London Playhouses

Foreign Opera at the London Playhouses : From Mozart to Bellini

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In the early nineteenth century over forty operas by foreign composers, including Mozart, Rossini, Weber and Bellini, were adapted for London playhouses, often appearing in drastically altered form. Such changes have been denigrated as 'mutilations'. The operas were translated into English, fitted with spoken dialogue, divested of much of their music, augmented with interpolations and frequently set to altered libretti. By the end of the period, the radical changes of earlier adaptations gave way to more faithful versions. In the first comprehensive study of these adaptations, Christina Fuhrmann shows how integral they are to our understanding of early nineteenth-century opera and the transformation of London's theatrical and musical life. This book reveals how these operas accelerated repertoire shifts in the London theatrical world, fostered significant changes in musical taste, revealed the ambiguities and inadequacies of copyright law and sparked intense debate about fidelity to the original more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 3 b/w illus. 6 tables 40 music examples
  • 1139135511
  • 9781139135511

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. A tale of two Boieldieus; 2. The pippin and the pineapple: Rossini and Mozart; 3. 'The flood-gates of foreign music': Der Freischutz; 4. The search for Weber's successor; 5. Mozart and Rossini revisited; 6. Grand opera: competition and copyright; 7. Of foreigners and fidelity; Appendix 1. Operas adapted for the London playhouses, 1814-1833; Appendix 2. Reviews of more