Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky (Google eBook)
What happens when operas that are comfortably ensconced in the canon are thoroughly rethought and radically recast on stage? What does a staging do to our understanding of an opera, and of opera generally? While a stage production can disrupt a work that was thought to be established, David J. Levin here argues that the genre of opera is itself unsettled, and that the performance of operas, at its best, clarifies this condition by bringing opera’s restlessness and volatility to life.
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Review: Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and ZemlinskyUser Review - Jenna - Goodreads
A very scholarly and highly theoretical look at current staging opera praxis. I cheer his defense of allowing recording to also serve as a means to encounter opera, particular since this is how so ... Read full review