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Everyday Arias : An Operatic Ethnography - Paul Atkinson

Everyday Arias

An Operatic Ethnography


Published: 13th August 2013
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Paul Atkinson explores the remarkable world of opera through his fieldwork with the internationally known Welsh National Opera company. In order to show us how cultural phenomena are produced and enacted, he takes us on stage and behind the scenes into the collective social action that goes into the realization of an opera. The author demonstrates how artistic interpretation is translated into the routine work of the rehearsal studio and the theatre, and how producers negotiate a practical reality with her or his performers to ultimately create extraordinary performances through the mundane, everyday work that makes them possible. The author calls for a sustained investigation of cultural phenomena, not based solely on textual analysis but on the importance of collective work and social organization. Atkinson's work will appeal to anthropologists and sociologists who study the performance arts, as well as to those engaged in theatre arts, opera and music.

Introducing performances -- Performing opera in theory and practice -- Performance and the practical management of dramaturgy -- Performing characters and meanings -- Performing The queen of spades -- Performing the company -- Performing lives and voices -- Performing mundane ecstasy -- Appendix : the operas

ISBN: 9780759114425
ISBN-10: 0759114420
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 13th August 2013
Publisher: University Press of America