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Philip Gossett

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226304823

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226304885.001.0001

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Two Kings Head North

Two Kings Head North

Transforming Italian Opera in Scandinavia

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Divas and Scholars
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses a “coda,” describing two unusual sets of performances with which Philip Gossett was involved during the 2002–2003 season in Scandinavia: Verdi's Gustavo III (the first version of Un ballo in maschera) in Gothenburg and Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims (with a partially new text added by Dario Fo) in Helsinki. In both cases, Philip Gossett and his colleagues tested the limits of history and practice. Philip Gossett had agreed to undertake the reconstruction of Gustavo III for the September opening of the 2002–2003 season of the Gothenburg Opera. For a good half of the missing 25% of the original skeleton score, the music of Gustavo III was probably the same as Un ballo in maschera, but in a different key. In several places, though, the versions of the continuity draft for Una vendetta in dominò/Gustavo III, on the one hand, and Ballo, on the other, are strikingly different.

Keywords:   opera, Philip Gossett, Scandinavia, Gustavo III, Gothenburg, Il viaggio a Reims, Helsinki, Ballo

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