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Author Senici, Emanuele.

Title Landscape and gender in Italian opera : the Alpine virgin from Bellini to Puccini / Emanuele Senici.

Published New York : Cambridge University Press, c2005.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  782.10945 SENI    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 356 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series Cambridge studies in opera
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-348) and index.
Contents 1. Virgins, mountains, opera -- 2. 'At the foot of the Alps' : the landscape of La sonnambula -- 3. Linda di Chamounix and the ideology of chastity -- 4. The politics of genre in Luisa Miller -- 5. Deflowering the Alps : from I promessi sposi of La Wally and Fedora -- 6. La fanciulla del West : a new landscape for a new virgin.
Summary "Emanuele Senici explores the connection between landscape and gender in Italian opera through the emblematic figure of the Alpine virgin. In the nineteenth century, operas portraying an emphatically virginal heroine, a woman defined by her virginity, were often set in the mountains, most frequently the Alps. The clarity of the sky, the whiteness of the snow and the purity of the air were associated with the 'innocence' of the female protagonist. Senici discusses a number of works particularly relevant to the origins, transformations, and meanings of this conventional association including Bellini's La sonnambula (1831), Donizetti's Linda di Chamounix (1842), Verdi's Luisa Miller (1849), and Puccini's La fanciulla del West (1910). This convention presents an unusual point of view - a theme rather than a composer, a librettist, a singer, or a genre - from which to observe Italian opera 'at work' over a century."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Opera -- Italy -- 19th century.
Opera -- Italy -- 20th century.
Heroines in opera.
Virginity in opera.
Mountains in opera.
Mountains -- Symbolic aspects.
Variant Title Alpine virgin from Bellini to Puccini
ISBN 0521834376