Opera and the Psychology of Love

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Itasca Books, Feb 1, 2010 - Music - 159 pages
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In Opera and the Psychology of Love, author Theron Stimmel offers insights to help the reader understand how the scientific elements of love intertwine in opera, citing specific examples from renowned works such as La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto and Don Carlos. Pairing his extensive and notable background in psychology with a deep appreciation and knowledge of opera, Stimmel offers a compelling discussion for how the musical drama of an opera can help bring fulfillment to our lives in addition to emotional well being. Whether you are a seasoned fan of opera or someone who has yet to experience the thrill of seeing your first, Opera and the Psychology of Love will enlighten and fascinate you to the very end.

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About the author (2010)

Dr. Theron Stimmel began his academic career playing clarinet at Southern Methodist University. He decided to earn his living as a psychology professor but always maintained a strong passion for music while obtaining a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan.Theron founded the Department of Psychology at Texas State University, where he served as chair and continues to research and teach. In 2005 he developed a course entitled Psychology and Opera. The positive response to this class inspired him to write Opera and the Psychology of Love.

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