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Divas and Scholars: Performing Italian Opera

Philip Gossett


This book is an account of how opera comes to the stage, filled with the author's personal experiences of triumphant—and even failed—performances, and suffused with his passion for music. Writing as a fan, a musician, and a scholar, the author brings to life the problems, and occasionally the scandals, that attend the production of some of our favorite operas. The book begins by tracing the social history of nineteenth-century Italian theaters in order to explain the nature of the musical scores from which performers have long worked. It then illuminates the often hidden but crucial negotiatio ... More

Keywords: opera, musical scores, critical edition, opera scholars, vocal style, ornamentation, transposition, translation, adaptation, stage direction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226304823
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226304885.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Gossett, author