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Opera Production and Its Resources : History of Italian Opera, Part 2 - Systems - Lorenzo Bianconi

Opera Production and Its Resources

History of Italian Opera, Part 2 - Systems

Hardcover Published: 8th June 1998
ISBN: 9780226045900
Number Of Pages: 458

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Standing at the forefront of historiographical research, "The History of Italian Opera" marks the first time a multidisciplinary team of scholars has worked together to investigate the entire Italian operatic tradition, rather than limiting the focus to major composers and their masterworks. Including both musicologists and historians of other arts, the contributors approach opera not only as a distinctive musical genre but also as a form of extravagant theater and a complex social phenomenon.
"Opera Production and Its Resources" traces the social, economic, and artistic history of the production of opera from its origins around 1600 to contemporary stagings. From the very beginning, opera has been a chronically deficit-producing enterprise. Yet it maintained unchallenged preeminence in the culture of all Italians for centuries. The first half explores the central role of theater impresarios in putting on these complex productions and in increasing the output of librettos and scores. The second half considers the roles of the three key figures in the creation of any opera: the librettist, the composer, and the singer.

List of illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Opera Production to 1780
Court Operatic Spectacles
Court Opera and Commercial Opera
Traveling Companies: The Cooperative, Organized Diffusion of Commercial Opera
Impresarial Operas: Ends and Means
the Single Impresario and Impresarial Associations
The Impresario and the Theater Public
Municipal Opera Houses and Collective Management in the Eighteenth Century
Ballet and Its Mechanisms of Production
The Production and Diffusion of Opera Seria
The Production and Diffusion of Intermezzi and Comic Opera
Bibliographic Note
Opera Production, 1780-1880
Opera as the Expression of a Hierarchical and Conservative Society
The Economic Vicissitudes of the Opera Industry
The Strong Arm of Authority
The Profession of the Impresario
The Labor Market
The Impresario and the Public
Bibliographic Note
Opera Production from Italian Unification to the Present
Opera in the New Italy: Municipal Theaters and Impresarial Management
The Role of Singers, Joint Stock Companies, and Publishers
The Giolitti Era: From thePoliteamato the FirstEnte Autonomo
The Fascist Regime: Tradition and Transformation
The New Republic: Reconstruction and the "Consumer Society"
The Corona Act and the Current Situation
Bibliographic Note
The Librettist Fabrizio
A Problem of Conscience
The Seventeenth Century
The Eighteenth Century
The Nineteenth Century
From the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth Century
Bibliographic Note
The Opera Composer
Social Background
Schooling, Professional Training, Apprenticeship
Entry into the Production System, Career, Opera Production
The Creative Process: Work Methods and Schedules
The Opera Singer
The Court Singer Mounts the Theatrical Machine
Church, Theater, and School
From Modema to Bologna: Criticism and Growth
The Virtuosi: Background, Training, Itineraries, Specialties
An Italian "School": Images and Economic Conditions
The Market and the Myth
The Voice Mirrored
Bibliographic Note
Index of Names
Index of Operas and Ballets
Index of Theatrical Venues
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226045900
ISBN-10: 0226045900
Series: History of Italian Opera, Part 2 - Systems
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 458
Published: 8th June 1998
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.0  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.87