Unsettling Opera: Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Nov 15, 2008 - Music - 274 pages
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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.

Unsettling Opera explores a variety of fields, considering questions of operatic textuality, dramaturgical practice, and performance theory. Levin opens with a brief history of opera production, opera studies, and dramatic composition, and goes on to consider in detail various productions of the works of Wagner, Mozart, Verdi, and Alexander Zemlinsky. Ultimately, the book seeks to initiate a dialogue between scholars of music, literature, and performance by addressing questions raised in each field in a manner that influences them all.

  

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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

Contents

1 Dramaturgy and MiseenScène
1
Wagners Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in Performance
37
Mozart and Da Pontes Le nozze di Figaro
69
Mozarts Die Entführung aus dem Serail
99
Verdis Don Carlos
137
Zemlinskys Der König Kandaules
177
Plot Summaries
209
Index
239
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About the author (2008)

David J. Levin is associate professor in the Department of Germanic Studies, the Committee on Cinema and Media Studies, and the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago.  In addition to his academic work, he has served as dramaturg for various opera companies in the United States and Germany.

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