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Verdi in Performance - Alison Latham

Verdi in Performance

By: Alison Latham (Editor), Roger Parker (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2001
ISBN: 9780198167358
Number Of Pages: 216

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The number of Verdi's works in the current repertories of the world's opera houses is greater than at any time since the composer's death a century ago. Yet, those responsible for staging and performing these works are faced with many difficult decisions, not least of which is how to make the operas relevant to modern audiences while respecting the composer's intentions. First written for an international conference at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, these lively and stimulating essays by leading Verdi scholars, music and stage practitioners reflect current thinking on matters such as 'authentic' staging, performance practice, Verdi's approach to the ballet, and the role of critical editions. With a chronology of the composer's life and times and also a list of his works, this anthology is essential reading for anyone interested in the performance of Verdi's operas in the new millennium.

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Verdi in Performance is an exceptionally good read, and its greatest assets are the intelligence of the questions it asks, and the welcome clarity of its jargon-free prose. It will serve us well for a very long time. Nineteenth-Century Music Review ... asks many important, grass-roots questions. Those questions and the responses to them constitute a unique opportunity to eavesdrop on an engaging and learned conversation among an elite assembly of theorists and practitioners, performing instrumentalists, conductors, and editors, all with an active point of view. This diversity is key to the success of this book, and lifts it out of a potential mire of academic speculation into reality. Nineteenth-Century Music Review Verdi in Performance establishes parameters, vocabulary, typologies, and methodologies for future discussion of opera in performance in general. It is exceptionally well integrated, and it is clear from the richness of the position papers and the considered responses of its participants that there was great unanimity of purpose in putting this collection together. Nineteenth-Century Music Review Verdi in Performance makes a timely and welcome contribution; for its freedom from the academic apparatus that might prove daunting to a general reader makes thought-provoking controversies and debates accessible to a broad audience. Yet its content is provocative enough to interest the critical scholar. Journal of Musicological Research ... a collection of instructive and perceptive essays that bridge the gap between scholarship and practice. The dual benefits of the scholarly expertise and the professional experience of its authors, the accessible style in which it is presented, and the information it provides make the book a valuable source that will serve to enlighten readers about significant issues affecting the operatic experience today. Journal of Musicological Research Impressive volume ... as a Professor of music history, I would require graduate students, both performers and incipient musicologists, to read extensively from this volume, with full confidence that it would open their minds to the myriad problems inherent in editing and performing music and engender lively, thoughtful discussion. The Opera Quarterly Much of the material is clearly applicable to modern performance of a wide range of music ... Verdi in Performance provides state-of-the-art discussion not only of Verdi scholarship as related to performance, but stimulating presentation of universal music performance concerns by some of the leading scholars, directors, and conductors currently active. The discussions present a myriad of viewpoints and considerations, and both the format of the volume (statement and responses) and the contents encourage further open-ended discussion. The Opera Quarterly A book short in length but rich in intellectual stimulation. BBC Music Magazine Anyone who minds about Verdi will find much here of interest. Opera

1: Alison Latham, Roger Parker: The Pains and Pleasures of Liberation PART I STAGING VERDI2: James Hepokoski: Staging Verdi's Operas: the Single, 'Correct' Performance 3: Andrew Porter: In Praise of the Pragmatic 4: David Rosen: On Staging that Matters 5: John Rosselli: 'Trust the tale, not the teller' 6: Mike Ashman: Misinterpreting Verdian Dramaturgy: History and Grand Opera PART II INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL PERFORMANCE7: David Lawton: Ornamenting Verdi Arias: the Continuity of a Tradition 8: Clive Brown: On 'Exactly what is written' 9: Mark Elder: The Rubber Band PART III VERDI AND THE BALLET10: Knud Arne Jurgensen: Verdi and the Ballet 11: Kathleen K Hansell: Ballet in Italy: the Background to Verdi 12: Gunhilde Oberzaucher-Schuller: Milan and Paris: a Lastin Dialogue 13: Jose Sasportes: A Conflict of Interests 14: Marian Smith: Drawing the Audience in: the Theatre and the Ballroom 15: Maribeth Clark: The Feminization of Ballet 16: Rebecca Harris-Warrick: 'Reading' Ballet PART IV EDITIONS AND PERFORMANCE17: Philip Gossett: Critical Editions and Performance 18: Francesco Degrada: Critical Editions and Critical Performance 19: Gabriele Dotto: With Real Bullets in Tosca 20: Stefano Castelvecchi: The 'Textualization' of Opera APPENDIXList of Works Alison Latham: Chronology of Verdi's Life and Times

ISBN: 9780198167358
ISBN-10: 0198167350
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1st October 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44