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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Opera [Hardcover]

Anthony R. DelDonna , Pierpaolo Polzonetti

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July 31 2009 0521873584 978-0521873581 1
Reflecting a wide variety of approaches to eighteenth-century opera, this Companion brings together leading international experts in the field to provide a valuable reference source. Viewing opera as a complex and fascinating form of art and social ritual, rather than reducing it simply to music and text analysis, individual essays investigate aspects such as audiences, architecture of the theaters, marketing, acting style, and the politics and strategy of representing class and gender. Overall, the volume provides a synthesis of well established knowledge, reflects recent research on eighteenth-century opera, and stimulates further research. The reader is encouraged to view opera as a cultural phenomenon that can reveal aspects of our culture, both past and present. Eighteenth-century opera is experiencing continuing critical and popular success through innovative and provoking productions world-wide, and this Companion will appeal to opera goers as well as to students and teachers of this key topic.

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"The divided authorship provides a rich fund of expertise... This Companion has succeeded in its aim to address a wide range of skills and interests. ..The style is always accessible... it is a pleasure to handle. It cannot fail to leave its readers enlightened." --Musical Times

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Bringing together leading international experts in the field of eighteenth-century opera, this Companion is a definitive reference resource which provides well established knowledge, reflects recent thinking and stimulates further individual research. Key topics covered include the productive process of opera, national styles and genres, acting, ballet and the libretto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Cambridge Companion April 22 2013
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I now have read two Cambridge Companions, and I found both of them very well done. The other one was "The C C to Pascal," and it was great.
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