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Author Gossett, Philip.

Title Divas and scholars : performing Italian opera / Philip Gossett.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  782.10945 GOSS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xxii, 675 p. : music ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [621]-642) and indexes.
Contents 1. Mare o monti : two summer festivals -- 2. Setting the stage -- 3. Transmission versus tradition -- 4. Scandal and scholarship -- 5. The romance of the critical edition -- 6. Scholars and performers : the case of Semiramide -- 7. Choosing a version -- 8. Serafin's scissors -- 9. Ornamenting Rossini -- 10. Higher and lower : transposing Bellini and Donizetti -- 11. Words and music : texts and translations -- 12. Instruments old and new -- 13. From the score to the stage -- 14. Two kings head north : transforming Italian opera in Scandinavia.
Summary "Divas and Scholars is a beguiling account of how opera comes to the stage, filled with Philip Gossett's personal experiences of triumphant - and even failed - performances and suffused with his towering and tonic passion for music. Writing as a fan, a musician, and a scholar, Gossett, the learning authority on the performance of Italian opera in the entire world, brings to life the problems, and occasionally the scandals, that attend the production of some of the world's favorite operas. Gossett begins by tracing the social history of nineteenth-century Italian theaters in order to explain the nature of the musical scores from which performers have long worked. He then illuminates the often hidden but crucial negotiations that go on between opera scholars and opera conductors and performers."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Opera.
Opera -- Production and direction.
Opera -- Performance.
ISBN 0226304825 (cloth : alk. paper)