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Seventeenth-Century Opera and the Sound of the Commedia Dell'Arte

Emily Wilbourne


This book considers the relationship between commedia dell’arte and early operatic forms, from the court operas of the first years of the seventeenth century, through semi-private productions in Rome, to the public stages of Venice over fifty years later. While musicology has largely ignored the commedia dell’arte, except in cases of specifically comic opera characters, this book offers a corrective. A substantial re-contextualisation of the term “commedia dell’arte,” in line with recent scholarly developments in Italian-language theatre studies, emphasizes the partial nature of standard music ... More

Keywords: commedia dell’arte, opera, Virginia Andreini, lament, recitative, aria, listening, sound, Claudio Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226401577
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226401607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Wilbourne, author
Queens College/Graduate Center, City University of New York