Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - Music - 216 pages
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Michael Ewans explores how classical Greek tragedy and epic poetry have been appropriated in opera, through eight selected case studies. These range from Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, drawn from Homer's Odyssey, to Mark-Antony Turnage's Greek, based on Sophocles's Oedipus the King. Choices have been based on an understanding that the relationship between each of the operas and their Greek source texts raise significant issues. Ewans examines the issues through a comparative analysis of significant divergences of plot, character and dramatic strategy between source text, libretto and opera.
  

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Contents

Iphigenie en Tauride
31
Medee
55
Elektra
81
Oedipe
105
King Priam
129
The Bassarids
153
Greek
183
Endnote
201
Index
213
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Michael Ewans is Associate Professor of Music and Drama at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

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