Reconfiguring Myth and Narrative in Contemporary Opera

Reconfiguring Myth and Narrative in Contemporary Opera : Osvaldo Golijov, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, and Tan Dun

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Yayoi Uno Everett focuses on four operas that helped shape the careers of the composers Osvaldo Golijov, Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, and Tan Dun, which represent a unique encounter of music and production through what Everett calls "multimodal narrative." Aspects of production design, the mechanics of stagecraft, and their interaction with music and sung texts contribute significantly to the semiotics of operatic storytelling. Everett's study draws on Northrop Frye's theories of myth, Lacanian psychoanalysis via Slavoj iek, Linda and Michael Hutcheon's notion of production, and musical semiotics found in Robert Hatten's concept of troping in order to provide original interpretive models for conceptualizing new operatic more

Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 17.78mm | 535g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 21 b&w illus., 52 music exx., 3 tables
  • 0253017998
  • 9780253017994
  • 1,679,617

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In the last 20 years, scholarly research on opera has encompassed cultural, media, gender, psychoanalytic, and literary theories. With this book, Everett makes an important, impressive contribution to that scholarship. . . . Highly recommended. * Choice *show more

About Yayoi Uno Everett

Yayoi Uno Everett is Professor of Music at University of Illinois at Chicago and author of Music of Louis more

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsList of Abbreviations1. Toward a Multimodal Discourse on Opera2. Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar: A Myth of "Wounded" Freedom3. Kaija Saariaho's Adriana Mater: A Narrative of Trauma and Ambivalence4. John Adams' Doctor Atomic: A Faustian Parable for the Modern Age?5. The Anti-hero in Tan Dun's The First EmperorEpilogue: Opera as Myth in the Global AgeGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndexshow more