Opera in Performance

As the first book to make performance as such its focus, Opera in Performance not only shows us how we could shift our critical attention to moments that have until now eluded articulation; it rather shows us how and why our attention has ...

Author: Clemens Risi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780367645021

Category: Opera

Page: 216

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"What are the arresting, striking, and decisive moments in opera performances? Why do we respond so strongly to Regietheater stagings that transform familiar scenes, to performers' bodily presence, and to virtuosic voices that go beyond what seems humanly possible, but also to missed notes, ill-disposed voices, and to boring or exciting stretches where minutes seem like an hour or vice versa? How can we adequately describe and understand such moments? Drawing on theories of performance, performativity, and phenomenology, Clemens Risi elaborates these moments as arising out of a dialogue between performers and the audience, between representation and presence, between the familiar and the new. He then applies these insights in engaging, critical descriptions of his own experiences in performances of opera classics. Analyzing stagings by numerous directors, performances by various singers, and productions at many different opera houses and festivals, Risi provides the reader with a unique and informative impression of what has happened in operatic performance in Germany and Austria in the last twenty years. As the first book to make performance as such its focus, Opera in Performance not only shows us how we could shift our critical attention to moments that have until now eluded articulation; it rather shows us how and why our attention has always been arrested by these moments and gives us the means to describe our own experiences when we go the opera"--

Cantonese Opera

This book examines Cantonese opera, one of the grandest of the traditional musical theatres in China.

Author: Bell Yung

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521305068

Category: Music

Page: 205

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This book examines Cantonese opera, one of the grandest of the traditional musical theatres in China.

Peking Opera

本书介绍了京剧的艺术特点和文化内涵,内容包括京剧的诞生和演变,表演艺术,演员和流派,经典剧目,京剧现代戏,京剧的程式化等.

Author: Chengbei Xu

Publisher:

ISBN: 9787508537238

Category:

Page: 130

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Verdi in Performance

The discussions present a myriad of viewpoints and considerations, and both the format of the volume (statement and responses) and the contents encourage further open-ended discussion."--The Opera Quarterly.

Author: Alison Latham

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198167358

Category: Music

Page: 196

View: 516

"Much of the material is clearly applicable to modern performance of a wide range of music... Verdi in Performance provides state-of-the-art discussion not only of Verdi scholarship as related to performance, but stimulating presentation of universal music performance concerns by some of the leading scholars, directors, and conductors currently active. The discussions present a myriad of viewpoints and considerations, and both the format of the volume (statement and responses) and the contents encourage further open-ended discussion."--The Opera Quarterly.

Opera Acts

Karen Henson explores a wealth of new historical material about singers and opera performance in the late nineteenth century.

Author: Karen Henson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107004268

Category: Music

Page: 279

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Karen Henson explores a wealth of new historical material about singers and opera performance in the late nineteenth century.



Operas in German

The revised edition of Operas in German provides opera historians, musicologists, performers, and opera lovers with an invaluable resource for continued study and enjoyment.

Author: Margaret Ross Griffel

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442247975

Category: Music

Page: 1050

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With nearly three thousand new entries, the revised edition of Operas in German: A Dictionary is the most current encyclopedic treatment of operas written specifically to a German text from the seventeenth century through 2016. Musicologist Margaret Ross Griffel details the operas’ composers, scores, librettos, first performances, and bibliographic sources. Four appendixes then list composers, librettists, authors whose works inspired or were adapted for the opera librettos, and a chronological listing of the entries in the A–Z section. The bibliography details other dictionaries and encyclopedias, performance studies, collections of plot summaries, general studies on operas, sources on locales where opera premieres took place, works on the history of operas in German, and selective volumes on individual opera composers, librettists, producers, directors, and designers. Finally, two indexes list the main characters in each opera and the names of singers, conductors, producers, composers, directors, choreographers, and arrangers. The revised edition of Operas in German provides opera historians, musicologists, performers, and opera lovers with an invaluable resource for continued study and enjoyment. As the most current encyclopedic collection of German opera from the seventeenth century through the twenty-first, Operas in German is an invaluable resource for opera historians, musicologists, performers, and opera lovers.

Opera In The Flesh

In this deeply personal book, Abel writes, ‘These pages map my current struggles to pin down my passion for opera, my intense admiration for its aesthetic forms and beauties, but much more they express my astonishment at how opera makes ...

Author: Sam Abel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000308154

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Verdi, Wagner, polymorphous perversion, Puccini, Brunnhilde, Pinkerton, and Parsifal all rub shoulders in this delightful, poetic, insightful, sexual book sprung by one man's physical response to the power and exaggeration we call opera. Sam Abel applies a light touch as he considers the topic of opera and the eroticized body: Why do audiences respond to opera in a visceral way? How does opera, like no other art form, physically move watchers? How and why does opera arouse feelings akin to sexual desire? Abel seeks the answers to these questions by examining homoerotic desire, the phenomenon of the castrati, operatic cross-dressing, and opera as presented through the media. In this deeply personal book, Abel writes, ‘These pages map my current struggles to pin down my passion for opera, my intense admiration for its aesthetic forms and beauties, but much more they express my astonishment at how opera makes me lose myself, how it consumes me.’ In so doing, Abel uncovers what until now, through dry musicology and gossipy history, has been left behind a wall of silence: the physical and erotic nature of opera. Although Abel can speak with certainty only about his own response to opera, he provides readers with a language and a resonance with which to understand their own experiences. Ultimately, Opera in the Flesh celebrates the power of opera to move audiences as no other book has done. It is indeed a treasure of scholarship, passion, and poetry for everyone with even a passing interest in this fascinating art form.


In Search of Opera

The chapter on The Magic Flute is by itself worth more than the price of the book."--Stanley Cavell, Harvard University "This book, which could be described broadly as a deconstruction of musical performance, is itself a performance.

Author: Carolyn Abbate

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691117314

Category: Music

Page: 312

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In her new book, Carolyn Abbate considers the nature of operatic performance and the acoustic images of performance present in operas from Monteverdi to Ravel. Paying tribute to music's realization by musicians and singers, she argues that operatic works are indelibly bound to the contingency of live singing, playing, and staging. She seeks a middle ground between operas as abstractions and performance as the phenomenon that brings opera into being. Weaving between opera's "facts of life" and a series of works including The Magic Flute, Parsifal, and Pelléas, Abbate explores a spectrum of attitudes towards musical performance, which range from euphoric visions of singers as creators to uncanny images of musicians as lifeless objects that have been resuscitated by scripts. In doing so, she touches upon several critical issues: the Wagner problem; coloratura, virtuosity, and their critics; the implications of disembodied voice in opera and film; mechanical music; the mortality of musical sound; and opera's predilection for scenes positing mysterious unheard music. An intersection between transcendence and intense physical grounding, she asserts, is a quintessential element of the genre, one source of the rapture that operas and their singers can engender in listeners. In Search of Opera mediates between an experience of opera that can be passionate and intuitive, and an intellectual engagement with opera as a complicated aesthetic phenomenon. Marrying philosophical speculation to historical detail, Abbate contemplates a central dilemma: the ineffability of music and the diverse means by which a fugitive art is best expressed in words. All serious devotees of opera will want to read this imaginative book by s music-critical virtuoso.

Elements of Performance

First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Author: Pauline Koner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134348061

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

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First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Opera Dead Or Alive

Playwright, director, and critic Ronald E. Mitchell offers general readers a richer understanding of traditions, terms, styles, and staging techniques of musical theater, including an introduction to seventeen examples of operas and ...

Author: Ronald E. Mitchell

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299058142

Category: Music

Page: 322

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Playwright, director, and critic Ronald E. Mitchell offers general readers a richer understanding of traditions, terms, styles, and staging techniques of musical theater, including an introduction to seventeen examples of operas and musicals, from baroque and romantic operas to Gilbert & Sullivan, from proletarian dramas to Broadway shows like Oklahoma.


Soul of Beijing Opera The

"This book will act as a powerful introduction to the story of Beijing Opera over the course of the twentieth century with a particularly strong emphasis on the Communist period and its influence on contemporary performance.

Author: Ruru Li

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9622099955

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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"This book will act as a powerful introduction to the story of Beijing Opera over the course of the twentieth century with a particularly strong emphasis on the Communist period and its influence on contemporary performance. Using excellent oral history research and with a strong focus on practice and performance techniques, Li Ruru places the genre in both its historical and global context: not a timeless Chinese tradition, but a product of China's turbulent twentieth century and the global interactions that were a key part of that history." Henrietta Harrison, Harvard University "This meticulously researched and colourful account of the highly complex performance form, jingju, will be of interest to a wide constituency of theatre scholars and cultural historians. Writing from the unique dual perspective of`insider/practitioner' and academic, Li Ruru deftly weaves oral and cultural histories together with detailed performance analyses, including a fascinating chapter on the secrets of jingju training. This book promises to raise significantly the profile of this Chinese total theatre for English-speaking audiences."Jonathan Pitches, founding co-editor of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training "Li Ruru's unique and valuable perspective combines the critical eye of the imaginative researcher with the intimate perspective of a true jingju insider-the daughter of one of the twentieth century's leading female performers. Impeccably researched, passionate and personal, this aptly titled book provides readers with an exciting and thought provoking look at jingju history and performance practice through its focus on the lives and work of six controversial leading artists." Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak, University of Hawai'i at Manoa Any traditional theatre has to engage the changing world to avoid becoming a living fossil. How has Beijing Opera --- a highly stylized theatre with breath-taking acrobatics and martial arts, fabulous costumes and striking makeup --- survived into the new millennium while coping with a century of great upheavals and competition from new entertainment forms? Li Ruru's The Soul of Beijing Opera answers that question, looking at the evolution of singing and performance styles, make-up and costume, audience demands, as well as stage and street presentation modes amid tumultuous social and political changes. Li's study follows a number of major artists' careers in mainland China and Taiwan, drawing on extensive primary print sources as well as personal interviews with performers and their cultural peers. One chapter focuses on the illustrious career of Li's own mother and how she adapted to changes in Communist ideology. In addition, she explores how performers as social beings have responded to conflicts between tradition and modernity, and between convention and innovation. Through performers' negotiation and compromises. Beijing Opera has undergone constant re-examination of its inner artistic logic and adjusted to the demands of the external world.



The Legacy of Opera

The Legacy of Opera: Reading Music Theatre as Experience and Performance is the first volume in a series of books compiled by the Music Theatre Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research.

Author: Dominic Symonds

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9401209502

Category: Music

Page: 269

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The Legacy of Opera: Reading Music Theatre as Experience and Performance is the first volume in a series of books compiled by the Music Theatre Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. The series explores the widening of the meaning of the term “music theatre” to reflect new ways of thinking about this creative practice beyond the genres circumscribed by discourses of theatre studies and musicology. Specifically it interrogates the experience of music theatre and its performance energies for contemporary audiences who engage with the emergence of new expressive idioms, new performative paradigms, new technologies and new ways of thinking. The Legacy of Opera considers some of the ways in which opera’s influence has informed our understanding of and approach to the musical stage, from the multiple perspectives of the ideological, historical, corporeal and artistic. With contributions from international scholars in music theatre, its chapters explore both canonic and experimental examples of music theatre, spanning a period from the seventeenth century to the present day.