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Sentimental Opera

Questions of Genre in the Age of Bourgeois Drama

  • Author: Castelvecchi, Stefano
A valuable contribution not only to the study of late eighteenth-century opera but to our awareness of the priorities, absorptions and obsessions of cultured Europe on the eve of the French Revolution More…



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  • Preface
  • A prologue on genre
  • 1. Pamela goes to the opera
  • 2. The emergence of bourgeois drama
  • 3. The codification of bourgeois drama
  • 4. Opera as drame
  • 5. Sensibility and the moral cure
  • 6. A sentimental opera
  • 7. Sentimental, anti-sentimental
  • 8. Avenues
  • Appendix: Bartolomeo Benincasa's preface to Il disertore (1784).