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Not without Madness: Perspectives on Opera

Fabrizio Della Seta


Opera often seems to arouse either irrational enthusiasm or visceral dislike. Such madness, as Goethe wrote, is indispensable in all theater, and yet in practice, sentiment and passion must be balanced by sense and reason. Exploring this tension between madness and reason, this book presents new analytical approaches to thinking about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century opera through the lenses of its historical and cultural contexts. In its twelve chapters, the author explores the concept of opera as a dramatic event and an essential moment in the history of theater. Examining the meaning of o ... More

Keywords: opera, goethe, history of theater, scenic mechanisms, la sonnambula, ernani, aida, nozze di figaro, macbeth, il trovatore

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226749143
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226749167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fabrizio Della Seta, author