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Verdi and Puccini Heroines : Dramatic Characterization in Great Soprano Roles - Geoffrey Edwards

Verdi and Puccini Heroines

Dramatic Characterization in Great Soprano Roles

Paperback Published: 28th January 2000
ISBN: 9780810846937
Number Of Pages: 205

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New in paperback! This book comes at a time when opera-lovers, singers, directors, and critics alike are taking a new look at the dramatic soprano heroines created by Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini, endeavoring to delve beyond inherited scholarly interpretation and gain a richer understanding of these compelling female characters. Artistically limited by the bel canto musical tradition popular at the time, Verdi launched a new style dramma per musica which also demanded a new soprano archetype. This book illustrates the musical evolution of the Verdi and Puccini soprano while illuminating the dramatic scope and power of these great heroines. Avoiding critical reductionism, Verdi and Puccini Heroines provides an unprecedented and probing discussion of how these great soprano roles were conceived and executed. Accordingly, the authors take a three-dimensional look at these heroines, examining seven operas: Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, Aida, La Boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot. The chapters, which are fully self-contained analyses, contain translations, illustrative musical examples, supplementary notes, and references to each opera's literary sources. The musical analysis, while thorough, is descriptive and accessible to all levels of readers.

Well researched...offers new perspectives on these significant female characters and insight into the dramatic intent of Verdi and Puccini.--Journal of Singing

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Il Trovatorep. 2
La Forza del Destinop. 18
Aidap. 40
La Bohemep. 60
Toscap. 74
Madama Butterflyp. 94
Turandotp. 116
Source Previews and Plot Synopsesp. 135
Notesp. 165
Selected Bibliographyp. 190
Indexp. 201
About the Authorsp. 205
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ISBN: 9780810846937
ISBN-10: 0810846934
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 205
Published: 28th January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 14.05  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.29