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Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera Hardcover – Aug 15 2006

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (Sept. 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226304825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226304823
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Philip Gossett is a superb scholar, but he is also a true man of the theater." - G. W. Bowersock, New Republic "This enthralling and important book offers vital reading for anyone with a serious interest in opera.... Written with unfailing clarity and waspish wit, it charts the musical problems, both theoretical and practical, presented by the autograph manuscripts, printed scores, and performances of this great corpus." - Rupert Christiansen, Spectator "The depth and scope of Gossett's book... makes it one that will be of immense value to anyone approaching the subject of opera in the so-called age of belcanto." - Patrick O'Connor, Literary Review "To my knowledge, there is no other book like it. No one else has treated an important genre of half a century in its social and political setting, its stylistic development, together with a detailed history of its dissemination and performance over a century and a half.... All of this is accomplished by a prose style sensible, often original, provocative, learned, technical but lucid, and always entertaining.... Philip Gossett shows a tolerance and a largeness of spirit rare in those scholars who have so much passion." - Charles Rosen, New York Review of Books"

Bruno Bartoletti :

"I knew Philip Gossett was a great scholar. Now I find out that he is also a tremendous storyteller. Divas and Scholars is not only erudite: it's as entertaining and charming as a novel. Singers, conductors, directors, musicologists, real or ideal characters are portrayed here with the right irony (and self-irony). And what a mine of information: for a professional musician such as myself, part two of this book (Performing the Opera) was a welcome benefit, an indispensable guidebook. In my youth I was a pupil of and assistant to Tullio Serafin. Now in my later years I've found in Philip Gossett my prophet."-Bruno Bartoletti

Renee Fleming :
"Philip Gossett has made a tremendous contribution to the performance practice of Italian operatic repertoire from Bel Canto to Verdi. His research and dedication to the task have enabled him to provide us, the performers, with a depth and breadth of knowledge about how to approach the specific stylistic challenges of this music. In addition to his scholarly integrity, he is also a fine musician who can implement his own research by creating appropriate ornamentation for singers. I would never dream of approaching this repertoire without first consulting and coaching with him. Fortunately, this book provides a reference so now all musicians can benefit from his work."-Renee Fleming

Marilyn Horne :
"This is the book that is indispensable for opera performers, scholars, and lovers. I am thrilled to have mine."-Marilyn Horne

Will Crutchfield :
"To call this book `a labor of love' is simply to confirm expectations: Philip Gossett's capacity for labor is legendary in every corner of the operatic profession, and his love for ottocento opera informs every sentence of his extensive writing about it and every bar of his meticulous editions. When some future historian has to describe in a few words the artistic renewal this repertory has enjoyed, I suspect two names will be culled from the hundreds who have contributed: Maria Callas for convincing the public that it was worth taking seriously, and Gossett for showing us all what it would mean to do so. The result has been nothing less than a re-birth for what was once the most popular music in the world, and this book is a wide-ranging and constantly stimulating illumination of the adventure of bringing that about."-Will Crutchfield

About the Author

Philip Gossettis the Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor in Music and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the general editor ofThe Works of Giuseppe Verdi, published by the University of Chicago Press and Casa Ricordi, andThe Works of Gioachino Rossini. In 2004 he received one of four lifetime achievement awards given by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and in 1998 he received the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, the highest civilian award given by the Italian government. 

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