The Verdi Baritone
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The Verdi Baritone : Studies in the Development of Dramatic Character

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One of the most significant developments in 19th-century Italian opera was the genesis of the Verdi baritone. The authors argue that the composer's baritone characters embody "a quintessential humanity, expressing needs and temptations, confusions and understandings, griefs and joys that transcend the particulars of time and place." The Verdi Baritone explores seven of the most fascinating roles in the repertory, revealing how they were conceived and executed. This eloquent book opens with a discussion of Verdi's early triumph, Nabucco; proceeds with Ernani, Macbeth, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Simon Boccanegra; and concludes with his final great tragedy, Otello. Voice students, professional performers, their teachers and coaches, and opera lovers, will gain insight into Verdi's masterful use of text, music, and staging to portray each character's inner self.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 19.05mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253220394
  • 9780253220394
  • 1,680,650

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Singing actors delight when a well-written, practical, and carefully documented source for character development assists their research. . . . The Verdi Baritone offers a unique, and uniquely qualified, discourse on a much too often overlooked aspect of the operas. * Opera Journal * The Verdi Baritone, a thoughtful, perceptive collection, should be required reading for directors, conductors, vocal coaches, and baritones preparing to sing these roles. * The Opera Journal *show more

About Geoffrey Edwards

Geoffrey Edwards is an award-winning author and stage director who received his Ph.D. in theater and drama from Northwestern University.Ryan Edwards gained international acclaim as a singing actor during his career as a leading baritone with the Metropolitan Opera.show more

Table of contents

ContentsPreface AcknowledgmentsIntroduction Nabucco Ernani Macbeth Rigoletto La Traviata Simon Boccanegra Otello8Appendix: Plot Synopses Nabucco Ernani Macbeth Rigoletto La Traviata Simon Boccanegra Otello Selected Bibliography Notesshow more