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Fabrizio Della Seta

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226749143

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226749167.001.0001

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“O Cieli Azzurri”

“O Cieli Azzurri”

Exoticism And Dramatic Discourse in Aida

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Not without Madness

Fabrizio Della Seta

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses the multiple semiotic systems in the analysis of opera, focusing in particular on the exotic style in Aida. It evaluates whether to relate the exotic element to the “occasional” nature of the opera or whether to explain how Verdi seized on the exotic component of Auguste Mariette's scenario and transformed it into a means of dramatic expression.

Keywords:   semiotic systems, opera, exotic style, aida, exotic element, verdi, auguste mariette, dramatic expression

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