By Carolyn Abbate,Roger Parker

ISBN-10: 0141009012

ISBN-13: 9780141009018

ISBN-10: 0713996331

ISBN-13: 9780713996333

Opera is in lots of methods the main outstanding creative medium of the final 400 years. Prohibitively dear and patently unrealistic, it may possibly however paint the human passions with superb strength and drama. This publication, the 1st new, full-length, single-volume heritage of opera for greater than a new release provokes in-depth discussions of many works via the best opera composers, from Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart, to Verdi and Wagner, to Strauss, Puccini, Berg, and Britten. There are vigorous discussions of opera's social, political and literary historical past, its financial cicumstances and the just about continuous polemics that experience followed its improvement during the centuries. relevant to the ebook is an exploration of the tensions that experience consistently sustained and enlivened opera. Abbate and Parker study the issues that opera has confronted within the final part century, while new works - which have been as soon as opera's life-blood - have gotten smaller to a tiny minority, have mostly did not discover a everlasting position within the repertoire.

Yet the book's ultimate message is certainly one of party. whether the vast majority of opera's preferred and enduring works have been written in what's now a distant eu earlier, in conditions very diverse from our personal, and the viability of up to date opera is ever extra in query, opera as an artwork shape continues to be terribly buoyant and tough. It maintains to rework humans bodily, emotionally, and intellectually, and to articulate human adventure in methods no different paintings shape can match.

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