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Understanding Italian Opera

  • Author: Carter, Tim

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Contents

  • Preface
  • 1: What is Opera?
  • Some definitions
  • In praise of librettists
  • Italian versification
  • Poetic structures and musical consequences
  • Two examples from Mozart
  • An exotic and irrational entertainment?
  • 2: Giovanni Francesco Busenello and Claudio Monteverdi,
  • L'incoronazione di Poppea (Venice, 1643)
  • Monteverdi in Venice
  • The first operas
  • But here the matter is represented differently
  • Speaking and singing
  • Seductive Poppea
  • Seneca's death
  • Ottavia in exile
  • Ecstasies of love
  • 3: Nicola Francesco Haym and George Frideric Handel,
  • Giulio Cesare in Egitto (London, 1724)
  • Arcadian reforms
  • Adapting Bussani
  • Recitatives and arias
  • Some alternatives
  • Fly, my heart, to the sweet enchantment
  • Taming Cleopatra
  • Cesare returns
  • All's well...
  • 4: Lorenzo da Ponte and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,
  • Le nozze di Figaro (Vienna, 1786)
  • ... these Italian gentlemen are very civil to your face
  • Translating Beaumarchais
  • Aria forms
  • A duet, a trio, and a sextet
  • Finales
  • Readings and messages
  • 5: Francesco Maria Piave and Giuseppe Verdi,
  • Rigoletto (Venice, 1851)
  • Le Roi s'amuse
  • Cantabiles and cabalettas
  • Duets
  • Arias and monologues
  • A quartet ... a storm ... and a death
  • 6: Giuseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica, and Giacomo Puccini,
  • La Boheme (Turin, 1896)
  • Bohemian rhapsodies
  • A publisher, two librettists, and a rival
  • A missing act
  • Verse and music
  • Formless forms?
  • Operatic realisms
  • Mimi dies
  • 7: Afterthoughts
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